This is an analysis of the poem Minor Litany that begins with:

This being a time confused and with few clear stars,
Either private ones or public,... full text

Elements of the verse: questions and answers

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  • Rhyme scheme: abcdXd Aeaafeghadb Adgaiaj Aaabid AbdXkala eee Ablifiageibjlja AekhgX Ajh eee aeccXljgclh
  • Stanza lengths (in strings): 6,11,7,6,8,3,15,6,3,3,11,
  • Closest metre: trochaic pentameter
  • –°losest rhyme: alternate rhyme
  • –°losest stanza type: tercets
  • Guessed form: unknown form
  • Metre: 010010110111 10101110 10010110100 101101110100 1111101001 10111111 0011 1100101001010 100100101101 110010010101 111110101011 11110100101 1000101 111101100111 11010111001 1011011010001 1010110110101 0011 1111111 11110010011 10111011 11111010001 10101011101010 011010110011 0011 11100101 1110110100011 111101011 1011101 11011111111110 0011 1111101 10101010 1111110101111 1100101101010 10101001 111100111101 110010010101 1110011 1110011 1110011 0011 110010111001 0111010011 11011111111 111101010001 10110111001101 111100100 0010101 111100111111 111110100011 1110101100001 110010110000 110010100011 11111011 111111111101 0011 00111101 1010010110100 1011010001110 11011100101 10011010 0011 11010100111 11110110101 10110011 100110011 100110011 0011111000011 110101111010 1010110101010 0111010010100 01111010 11111110110 111 01010010001100 110100 1011010001
  • Amount of stanzas: 12
  • Average number of symbols per stanza: 267
  • Average number of words per stanza: 51
  • Amount of lines: 78
  • 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; for, and, who, those, have, mercy, upon, us, there, you, legion, name are repeated.

    The poet used anaphora at the beginnings of some neighboring lines. The same words for, who, they, and, there are repeated.

    The author used the same word this at the beginnings of some neighboring stanzas. The figure of speech is a kind of anaphora.

    There is a poetic device epiphora at the end of some neighboring lines us is repeated).

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  • summary of Minor Litany;
  • central theme;
  • idea of the verse;
  • history of its creation;
  • critical appreciation.

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