This is an analysis of the poem Advice To A Prophet that begins with:
When you come, as you soon must, to the streets of our city,
Mad-eyed from stating the obvious,...
Elements of the verse: questions and answers
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- Rhyme scheme: abba cddc bbbb effe ghhg iffi ijji iXXi Xkkb
- Stanza lengths (in strings): 4,4,4,4,4,4,4,4,4,
- Closest metre: iambic pentameter
- Сlosest rhyme: enclosed rhyme
- Сlosest stanza type: sonnet
- Guessed form: blank verse
- Metre: 11111110010110 110100100 1010111101 01101110 111100101111 011011001 111000100101 010011011 1111101001001 1111001011 0111001010011 0111011 100111111001 0110111011 1011100111011 101101101 011111011101 0001111001 0101010011 01110101 10111100101 11010101 100100111001 010101001 110111101110 11101111 1101111101 011101110 0111101011101 101100110 01010001100 11111101 11111000101 111111010 10110101110 1011000111
- Amount of stanzas: 9
- Average number of symbols per stanza: 179
- Average number of words per stanza: 34
- Amount of lines: 36
- Average number of symbols per line: 44 (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; us, of, we are repeated.
The poet used anaphora at the beginnings of some neighboring lines. The same words how, the are repeated.
There is a poetic device epiphora at the end of some neighboring lines us is repeated).
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