This is an analysis of the poem A Lover From Palestine that begins with:

Your eyes are a thorn in my heart
Inflicting pain, yet I cherish that thorn ...

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  • Rhyme scheme: abcdeafgh ijiicicccckaehh aejecaeibdalmea jXelane Xeeahl bbjcjcb cXeijeX XhafabenbencaaakE kkdgicEedhfn bbbbbbbheeeEakaheegdleXmEjh
  • Stanza lengths (in strings): 9,15,15,7,6,7,7,17,12,27,
  • Closest metre: trochaic tetrameter
  • –°losest rhyme: enclosed rhyme
  • –°losest stanza type: sonnet
  • Guessed form: unknown form
  • Metre: 11101011 0101111011 110001 1100111100100011100 1011010 00111101 1001111 111011111 11010110101 11001 111011 110001001001 110101111 010111001011110 01010101110 110010 11011010101 111001001 1001001000111 0100010001001 1101101100110 010101101 111010100011 1010101101110110 101111001 0110001010 11101101 1001001110 110101010101 010011001 1011010 010101110 01101 1101100 111001101 11110 101 1111011101 1001010110111010 00101010111 0100011 0101010 1011011010 1010111 1011111 0111000111 1111010100100 10111101011 111100101101 110101011 1101111 11101110 1111010011010 1011011011 0010011111 00110011 001001010101111 11110010011001 1101000101010010010 1111 01001110010 1010001010111 101110101101010 01010101 11101110110110 100011111 10101110011010 010101011 1100111 01010101 11010010111 1111010 11111 111110 11111011 11111 10100111110 111011001 1011101110 0111 101010110 111011101111 101001011 1101011 1111011 000100101110 0010111 0010111 00101111 101001011 1101001010010010 110100101100 11011101001 11111010101 01001011 011001101110100 0110100 0111010100 0100111010100 01101010100 0110100 0110110100 1110101111 10100110 01001110 0111110010 11110010 1010100100 01101 01011110010 110100110101 11010010 11010010 01011101 1011111010100 11111010110 1010110110 10100101 1101 11110010 1010111 1110100110101
  • Amount of stanzas: 10
  • Average number of symbols per stanza: 479
  • Average number of words per stanza: 91
  • Amount of lines: 122
  • Average number of symbols per line: 38 (medium-length strings)
  • Average number of words per line: 7
  • Mood of the speaker:

    The punctuation marks are various. Neither mark predominates.

  • The author used lexical repetitions to emphasize a significant image; it, i, of, to, in, you, and, have, as, me, her, palestinian are repeated.

    The poet used anaphora at the beginnings of some neighboring lines. The same words and, i, you, in, take, to, her are repeated.

    The author used the same words your, i at the beginnings of some neighboring stanzas. The figure of speech is a kind of anaphora.

    There is a poetic device epiphora at the end of some neighboring lines are, palestinian are repeated).

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