This is an analysis of the poem The Cruise Of The 'In Memoriam' that begins with:

The wan light of a stormy dawn
Gleamed on a tossing ship:... full text

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  • Rhyme scheme: abXbcded fdgd fdad hiai eeee ejcj kcbc elel iaca fXah edid DdfdDdkd gaba kiei eiai fcmc enad idid mafa ioco geee ioiobooo ndaX aaoa ghdhcefe eaaa eofo bgng fffX agdg iknk eoeo eifi eiki mgdg adknkahaXooko
  • Stanza lengths (in strings): 8,4,4,4,4,4,4,4,4,4,4,8,4,4,4,4,4,4,4,4,4,8,4,4,8,4,4,4,4,4,4,4,4,4,4,13,
  • Closest metre: iambic trimeter
  • –°losest rhyme: alternate rhyme
  • –°losest stanza type: sonnet
  • Guessed form: unknown form
  • Metre: 01100101 110101 0100100 010101 11010101 110101 11010101 010001 11010101 011111 11010011 11110 11010101 11110 01110111 010111 11111111 110101 111111101 111101 01010111 111101 01110011 011001 11011101 010101 01011111 111101 11011110 010111 11010101 010101 01110011 010111 11111101 101101 11010111 110101 01010111 011111 11011111 010110 11111101 010111 11110111 110101 01010101 110100 11110101 011001 01111111 100101 11110101 011001 10111111 101101 010110111 010101 110010101 1110101 10011101 011001 11011101 011101 11110111 010101 111111101 110101 110110101 010111 101011101 111001 1011101001 111100 110101010 111111 11010111 010100 1010100111 111111 110110101 110111 111111101 1110101 11010111 101101 101011101 110100 110100101 111101 010101001 110101 11011101 110101 010100101 011101 11011101 110101 110010101 010111 011100100 110101 11010111 11001000 11110111 0101011 110011101 1100111 11110111 110101 11011011 110101 11110101 111101 10010101 010101 11110101 011101 11110101 010101 11110101 111101 01111111 010101 110101001 110101 11111100 011101 01010101 0101010 11111101 0101010 11111111 010111 01010101 100101 11011111 111100 01000100 110101 11110101 111101 11010101 111111 11010101 110111 11011101 111111 11010111 010101 11110101 111101 11110101 010111 11110001 111111 10010101 110111 01110101 110100 11000101 001111 00100111 010101 11111101 010101 11010101 010101
  • Amount of stanzas: 37
  • Average number of symbols per stanza: 156
  • Average number of words per stanza: 28
  • Amount of lines: 172
  • Average number of symbols per line: 33 (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; i, his, more, sail, louder are repeated.

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

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

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  • summary of The Cruise Of The 'In Memoriam';
  • central theme;
  • idea of the verse;
  • history of its creation;
  • critical appreciation.

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