This is an analysis of the poem Vanity Of Vanities that begins with:

A Song of Emptiness
To Fill up the Empty Pages Following... full text

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  • Rhyme scheme: aX bcbX dede fgfX hchX gcgc bfXf bfbX afaf ijij Xklh egeg cbcb mnmn acXc fgfg bcXc fXfc fmfm cbXb fgfg khkX ejej oeoc kXkg bgbg lklk XaXf X
  • Stanza lengths (in strings): 2,4,4,4,4,4,4,4,4,4,4,4,4,4,4,4,4,4,4,4,4,4,4,4,4,4,4,4,1,
  • Closest metre: iambic pentameter
  • –°losest rhyme: alternate rhyme
  • –°losest stanza type: sonnet
  • Guessed form: blank verse
  • Metre: 010100 01101010100 1111110001 1111110101 010111010 0101010101 010100101010 01111101001 01011111110 0110101101 11010101101 0111010101 10011101001 111111010 11010101010 1101010101 01110111010 110101110 1111110111 1101110101 111111010 111101001 1111000101 0101011001 111100100 1111010011 1101110101 1101111111 1101000101 1111011010 100110101 01110111010 1101100101 01101000010 1101110001 11111110011 110111101 01011100011 1101010100 10011110001 111100100 1011010010 0101010011 0111110001 0101010101 1101010101 1101110101 1101110101 0101110111 1101010101 0101001101 1101001001 0101010101 1111010001 1111000101 1101110001 1101010100 1101010100 1001010101 0111110101 0001010101 1101010111 0101010101 1111010101 1101011100 1101011101 1101110101 1101110110 1101101101 11110100011 1111010111 1111011101 1111100101 1101000101 0110010101 1101100101 1101010110 1101011101 1111010100 1111010001 1011010101 1101011111 1101110101 01010001110 1111001101 01010110101 0101010001 0101011100 1101010101 1111100111 0111010101 11010100111 0111110101 110101010 1101010101 01101010 11001010111 1101010101 0111110111 01001110101 1111110100 1111110111 10010101110 1101110101 11111101010 1111010101 11110111100 1110011101 11010111110 0111011100 1010010101
  • Amount of stanzas: 29
  • Average number of symbols per stanza: 162
  • Average number of words per stanza: 29
  • Amount of lines: 111
  • Average number of symbols per line: 42 (strings are more long than medium ones)
  • Average number of words per line: 8
  • Mood of the speaker:

    The punctuation marks are various. Neither mark predominates.

  • The author used lexical repetitions to emphasize a significant image; and, but, be, where, his, their, if, all, thy are repeated.

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

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

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  • summary of Vanity Of Vanities;
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