This is an analysis of the poem God Defend New Zealand that begins with:

O Lord, God,
of nations and of us too ... full text

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  • Rhyme scheme: abccXbaX deXbfeXX cXaaXbgX haaeaeiX jhdaaegX XjXkhXfX XXXXXfXX fiXXXffX XXjkXbbX XffXXXXX
  • Stanza lengths (in strings): 8,8,8,8,8,8,8,8,8,8,
  • Closest metre: iambic trimeter
  • –°losest rhyme: no rhyme
  • –°losest stanza type: tercets
  • Guessed form: unknown form
  • Metre: 111 0101011 1001 101 11010 11101 01 100 1110 1111 10010 10011 111111 0010 1111111 100 100010010 1010101 1011 111 111 101001 101001 100 101010 010010 0101 1101010 001 111 10 100 1001001 11001100 01 0101001 1010001 11010101 110100100101 100 11001010 111011 110000 110010 10101110 1011100 10001 100 11010 1010101 10101 110 1110111 111001 10101 100 110101 11010 1010110 11110 110110 1110101 101011 100 10110 11110 101011 1010 1111110 101011 1011101 100 11011 1010101 11011 10110 1110 101110 101110 100
  • Amount of stanzas: 10
  • Average number of symbols per stanza: 153
  • Average number of words per stanza: 29
  • Amount of lines: 80
  • Average number of symbols per line: 18 (very short strings)
  • Average number of words per line: 4
  • Mood of the speaker:

    The punctuation marks are various. Neither mark predominates.

  • The author used lexical repetitions to emphasize a significant image; us, may, t, te, na are repeated.

    The poet used anaphora at the beginnings of some neighboring lines. The same words may, let, kia, t are repeated.

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

    The literary device anadiplosis is detected in two or more neighboring lines. The word/phrase t connects the lines.

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