This is an analysis of the poem The Hermitage Of Agastya that begins with:

Righteous Rama, soft-eyed Sita, and the gallant Lakshman stood
In the wilderness of Dandaki-trackless, pathless, boundless wood,...

Elements of the verse: questions and answers

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  • Rhyme scheme: aa bb aa aa aa cc dd aa aa ee aa ff gg aa hh iX Xa dd bX jj aX ee aa aa eX ff aa aa kk ee ll ii gg ff ff ff mm ii Xg gg nn ii gg aa kj fX
  • Stanza lengths (in strings): 2,2,2,2,2,2,2,2,2,2,2,2,2,2,2,2,2,2,2,2,2,2,2,2,2,2,2,2,2,2,2,2,2,2,2,2,2,2,2,2,2,2,2,2,2,2,
  • Closest metre: trochaic pentameter
  • –°losest rhyme: rondeau rhyme
  • –°losest stanza type: tercets
  • Guessed form: unknown form
  • Metre: 101011101010101 0010001001010101 101010101111101 101010101010101 101110101110101 101011101010101 1010101001011101 101110111010101 101010101110101 111011101000101 0011101010010101 101111001010101 1010101010101001 101011101010111 101010111010101 111010101010101 101010111010101 1010101010000101 101110111000101 101111101010101 101010100010101 101110101001101 101110101001101 100010101010101 111100101010101 110110100010101 101110010010101 1011101010000101 101011100110101 100010101100100 1110110010010101 100010100010101 1010101011111010 101001001110101 101001100111101 111010101000100 111100110110111 101011001110101 10000101010101010 1010001000111010 101010101010101 10111001010101010 1110111001010101 111011101010101 111011100011101 10011101010010101 101011100010101 101111101010101 101010101010111 111110101011101 1010101010101001 101011001000101 1010100101100101 110010101010101 101010101011001 1100001010100101 101001001000101 101010101010101 1000100101010101 101010101010100 101110101000101 101110100011101 111010101011001 101010101010101 101101110010111 111011000110101 101011100011001 001010101011001 110010101000101 1011111010001001 010010101010011 111100101010101 101011001011101 101010101010001 1010111001111101 111010111110111 111110100110101 111010100100101 101010101111101 1011101001010101 100010101010101 10010101010101001 1010101010010101 110110101010101 101010101010111 101010100010101 101010100010101 1010001110100111 01010101011101110 1010101010101010 011010101011101 111011101010110
  • Amount of stanzas: 46
  • Average number of symbols per stanza: 125
  • Average number of words per stanza: 22
  • Amount of lines: 92
  • 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; and, of, in, to, them, their are repeated.

    The poet used anaphora at the beginnings of some neighboring lines. The same words and, where, by are repeated.

    The author used the same word rama 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 saint connects the lines.

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  • summary of The Hermitage Of Agastya;
  • central theme;
  • idea of the verse;
  • history of its creation;
  • critical appreciation.

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