This is an analysis of the poem Before The Temple that begins with:

All desolate she sate her down
Upon the marble of the temple's stair.... full text

Elements of the verse: questions and answers

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  • Rhyme scheme: ababb X cXcXX X Xbabb X dedee
  • Stanza lengths (in strings): 5,1,5,1,5,1,5,
  • Closest metre: iambic trimeter
  • –°losest rhyme: couplets
  • –°losest stanza type: tercets
  • Guessed form: unknown form
  • Metre: 11001101 0101000101 1111000101 111101 01101 1 01010111 0101001101 1101011101 111100 010111 1 01011100 111010011 1011110101 111111 010101 1 11110101 1101100101 1101011111 100101 1010101
  • Amount of stanzas: 7
  • Average number of symbols per stanza: 104
  • Average number of words per stanza: 19
  • Amount of lines: 23
  • Average number of symbols per line: 31 (strings are less long than medium ones)
  • Average number of words per line: 6
  • Mood of the speaker:

    The punctuation marks are various. Neither mark predominates.

  • The author used lexical repetitions to emphasize a significant image; her is repeated.

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