This is an analysis of the poem Saint Sebastian that begins with:

On slow and smoky fire thou burn'st and art consumed,
O thou, my soul! ...

Elements of the verse: questions and answers

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  • Rhyme scheme: AbAb CdCd EfEf GhGh AXAX
  • Stanza lengths (in strings): 4,4,4,4,4,
  • Closest metre: trochaic tetrameter
  • Сlosest rhyme: alternate rhyme
  • Сlosest stanza type: tercets
  • Guessed form: unknown form
  • Metre: 1111010111101 1111 1111010111101 0101 1101010101010 0111 1101010101010 1111 1101011101010 1101 1101011101010 1111 0101110001010 10101 0101110001010 10111 1101111011110 0101 1101111011110 0111
  • Amount of stanzas: 5
  • Average number of symbols per stanza: 148
  • Average number of words per stanza: 26
  • Amount of lines: 20
  • Average number of symbols per line: 36 (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; and, thou, thy are repeated.

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

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  • summary of Saint Sebastian;
  • central theme;
  • idea of the verse;
  • history of its creation;
  • critical appreciation.

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