This is an analysis of the poem The Heretic's Tragedy that begins with:

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  • Rhyme scheme: a X bcbcdecEcE X X fgXghihihjXi X klklhbhb c b X memenono c o a fhfhfkfkn a flfXjajX c X X fdfddmdX c X X gpgpcjcj c j X dkXXdbdb c b c Xngnclcl X l X f XXhXpXX Xcjid dX
  • Stanza lengths (in strings): 1,1,10,1,1,12,1,8,1,1,1,8,1,1,1,9,1,8,1,1,1,8,1,1,1,8,1,1,1,8,1,1,1,8,1,1,1,1,7,5,2,
  • Closest metre: iambic tetrameter
  • –°losest rhyme: alternate rhyme
  • –°losest stanza type: sonnet
  • Guessed form: ballad stanza
  • Metre: 1 100001010 01110111 0011111111 111010111 1011010101 111101110 1101000011 10010111 11000101 101010 11000101 1 110 110001001 10010011 1110100100 110010100 1111100101 10100111 110010101 111100101 11011011 1000111001 1110 111100101 1 0010010101 11110101 1111101001 1011100101 0111101101 10111111 101111111 11111100101 10 1111100101 1 0101011011 101101011 11110111 111100111 111111001 11110101 10011111 110111001 10 110111001 1 100101111 010010101 111100101 1100100101 110110111 1100110111 1100110111 1110101101 111001 1 10111111 101111011 010111011 11000 101101001 1110111111 1110010111 11010111 10 110101111 1 1101101101 101111001 1010100101 111100101 1110111111 110010101 110011101 101100111 10 111110111 1 1010101101 1100111101 110111101 11110101 111100100 10100101001 010101111 1100100101 10 1100100101 1 11111101101 0101001011 1101101110 101101110 101110101 1010100101 1110100001 0011101001 10 110101101 1 11111101010 1011110101 0010111101 1010010011 101100101 1011011101 1010100101 111110001 10001010 111111001 110 0101101 10101101100 00101010 1010001100101 101010100 111001 11111000100 10100 011000100 10010110110 0111010101000 1010110010 0100100 1011100010 111010101
  • Amount of stanzas: 41
  • Average number of symbols per stanza: 111
  • Average number of words per stanza: 20
  • Amount of lines: 138
  • Average number of symbols per line: 33 (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; infinite, no, his, thou, rose, of are repeated.

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

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