This is an analysis of the poem The Confessor, A Sanctified Tale that begins with:

When SUPERSTITION rul'd the land
And Priestcraft shackled Reason,... full text

Elements of the verse: questions and answers

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  • Rhyme scheme: abaccbaabbdd acacbbeebb aabbccXfbdbdccXgbXhbhbcchhcc ififjajaaXaccffk allmmakkcdccffgffg XnnaaaXhnnaa aaccgXafaafahhXaakk
  • Stanza lengths (in strings): 12,10,28,16,18,12,19,
  • Closest metre: iambic tetrameter
  • –°losest rhyme: limerick
  • –°losest stanza type: sonnet
  • Guessed form: unknown form
  • Metre: 11010101 1101010 11010101 11101101 10111101 1100110 11011101 11000101 11011111 11011101 110111010 1111010 10010111 01010101 11010101 010111 110111010 110101010 11010101 01100101 110100111 01010101 11010101 11010101 11010101 11000101 11010111 01000111 11010110 01010101 10110101 110101010 01110001 111101010 11001101 11011111 01010101 110101010 110001110 1101100 10011111 11000111 110100101 100101 11000111 00110101 01110101 11111101 11110101 01011101 01010101 1101010010 10110101 101011010 11011101 11010101 11010101 11111111 11110101 110101110 11110101 110101001 0101 11010111 11010101 11110 11110111 01010101 11010101 11110101 11010101 01010101 011111010 101100100 11110101 01010100 11010001 01010101 010101010 110101010 100101101 11010101 01010101 01001101 011111000 11111111 01010101 100100010 11010001 1010100101 10101001110 10110101 01010101 11010101 11010101 11010101 11010101 11010101 101011101 101010101 1011100101 1010101110 110101110 10110111 010101110 10010101 01000101 11010111 10110101 11010011 11010101 010000101 110101010 011101110
  • Amount of stanzas: 8
  • Average number of symbols per stanza: 505
  • Average number of words per stanza: 88
  • Amount of lines: 114
  • Average number of symbols per line: 35 (medium-length strings)
  • 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; and, his, to, there are repeated.

    The poet used anaphora at the beginnings of some neighboring lines. The same words and, the, a, where are repeated.

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  • summary of The Confessor, A Sanctified Tale;
  • central theme;
  • idea of the verse;
  • history of its creation;
  • critical appreciation.

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