This is an analysis of the poem The Bedridden Peasant To An Unknown God that begins with:

Much wonder I--here long low-laid -
   That this dead wall should be ... full text

Elements of the verse: questions and answers

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  • Rhyme scheme: abab cdcd bcXc efef dada gXge haha bibi
  • Stanza lengths (in strings): 4,4,4,4,4,4,4,4,
  • Closest metre: iambic tetrameter
  • –°losest rhyme: alternate rhyme
  • –°losest stanza type: tercets
  • Guessed form: ballad stanza
  • Metre: 11011111 101110 01010101 101011 11110101 110111 01010111 100111 11111111 110101 01111110 111101 11010111 111101 11111111 111101 11111110 111111 11111111 110101 11111101 110101 11111101 110101 110111101 111111 11010101 111111 11111110 111111 11110101 110111
  • Amount of stanzas: 8
  • Average number of symbols per stanza: 170
  • Average number of words per stanza: 26
  • Amount of lines: 32
  • Average number of symbols per line: 42 (strings are more long than medium ones)
  • 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; and is repeated.

    The poet used anaphora at the beginnings of some neighboring lines. The same word to is repeated.

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  • idea of the verse;
  • history of its creation;
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