This is an analysis of the poem The Song Of Israfel that begins with:

Fair Israfel, the sweetest singer of Heaven,
Shook back his burning curls, and from his seven...

Elements of the verse: questions and answers

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  • Rhyme scheme: aabbccddeeff XXgghhiij jkk ddddaaeeddgg bbeellbXmmgg jjmdaajjXXjj
  • Stanza lengths (in strings): 12,9,3,12,12,12,
  • Closest metre: iambic pentameter
  • –°losest rhyme: alternate rhyme
  • –°losest stanza type: sonnet
  • Guessed form: blank verse
  • Metre: 110001010010 11010110010 11110101 1101010101 01011000101 10000101101 1101110001 110010101001 1111111101 100111001001 10010101010 01011110100 01011101010 01010110110 0101010101 0101100101 1111011101 010011101001 1011110101 0101110101 101111 110101 0111010101 1101010101 1001011101 0111110101 11100 110100 1011111111 1101010101 01001101001 1010010111 01001000101 1001010011 1101010101 010100101 0100110011 1011010101 011111100 1101011100 11010001 1011001 01001110101 01001010110 1101010101 1111010111 0101010101 1101010101 10010011101 0101110001 11001000101 01011101001 1101010101 11010100011 1101110111 0011010101 1101000101 1101110100 1011011111 1111101100
  • Amount of stanzas: 6
  • Average number of symbols per stanza: 424
  • Average number of words per stanza: 72
  • Amount of lines: 61
  • Average number of symbols per line: 41 (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; of is repeated.

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  • summary of The Song Of Israfel;
  • central theme;
  • idea of the verse;
  • history of its creation;
  • critical appreciation.

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