This is an analysis of the poem The City Decorated that begins with:

With his consort pious Rama, pure in deed and pure in thought,
After evening's due ablutions NARAYANA'S chamber sought,...

Elements of the verse: questions and answers

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  • Rhyme scheme: aa bb cc aa dd ee cc ff aa dd dd gg cc hh ii gg aa aa gg jj ee kk aa ee kk ee aa ddXdd
  • Stanza lengths (in strings): 2,2,2,2,2,2,2,2,2,2,2,2,2,2,2,2,2,2,2,2,2,2,2,2,2,2,2,5,
  • Closest metre: iambic pentameter
  • –°losest rhyme: couplets
  • –°losest stanza type: tercets
  • Guessed form: heroic couplets
  • Metre: 000110101011101 101011001000101 1100101010001010 10100101010101010 100100101110001 111011101010101 001010101010101 10101010101001001 101010101010101 101010101000101 101011101010101 1010101010010101 101010100010101 100011001000101 101010101010111 101110111010111 101010100010001 111011101010101 101011101010101 1010100100010101 101000101110111 1010111001111001 101010101110101 101000110010111 101010111010101 101000101010101 101110101011101 1011100101110001 101110101010101 011011101011101 1010101001010101 1010101110010111 101010101010101 101110101010111 101111101011101 101111101000101 1011101010000101 101110101010101 110110101010101 111111101010101 101010100011101 101110101010111 110010101010101 001000111011101 111010101110101 1011101001011101 110010100010101 101000101010011 111010101010101 111010101010101 101010101010111 101010101010101 0011001001111111 101010101010101 101010101110111 101010101011101 111011100010111 1110010101110001
  • Amount of stanzas: 29
  • Average number of symbols per stanza: 124
  • Average number of words per stanza: 22
  • Amount of lines: 58
  • Average number of symbols per line: 62 (very long strings)
  • Average number of words per line: 11
  • Mood of the speaker:

    The punctuation marks are various. Neither mark predominates.

  • The author used lexical repetitions to emphasize a significant image; his, and, of, rama, on are repeated.

    The poet used anaphora at the beginnings of some neighboring lines. The same words till, on, and, so are repeated.

    The author used the same words and, on at the beginnings of some neighboring stanzas. The figure of speech is a kind of anaphora.

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