This is an analysis of the poem The Christ Upon The Hill that begins with:

Part I.
A couple old sat o'er the fire,... full text

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  • Rhyme scheme: a baca defe gchc dcdc idcd caja cjcj ceie ehkh caba ehah ldlX ejcX X dXdh cded caga cjmj ecfc dhnh cded acgc cadX ccXc ofcX cXiX ecpX cele gpcX daia dedX X bhdh ciji cjej XccX XicX cccX kheh dene cXcj eXce Xfdf geke cdbd eece ccfc kdfd eede jcec cheh oi
  • Stanza lengths (in strings): 1,4,4,4,4,4,4,4,4,4,4,4,4,4,1,4,4,4,4,4,4,4,4,4,4,4,4,4,4,4,4,4,1,4,4,4,4,4,4,4,4,4,4,4,4,4,4,4,4,4,4,4,4,4,4,4,4,9,
  • Closest metre: iambic tetrameter
  • –°losest rhyme: alternate rhyme
  • –°losest stanza type: sonnet
  • Guessed form: ballad stanza
  • Metre: 11 0101110010 110111 11011111 111101 10010111 100101 11111111 10100111 01011101 110101 11110101 110101 01011101 110101 11010111 110001 11011101 110111 11010001 1011001 01010111 110101 11010101 010101 11011001 010001 11111001 110101 1011100101 1011101 11011101 110101 11010011 110111 10111101 111101 111100101 1111011 010101010 110111 011110111 110101 11011101 111101 101111111 111111 110100111 0111010 11010101 010101 11111111 0101010 11 01010111 111111 01010101 010101 11010101 110111 110011101 010111 11010101 111101 11010111 110101 11110111 110101 01110101 110101 01011101 110101 11011101 1111001 11110101 111111 11010101 111101 11011111 110101 111100111 110101 11010101 111101 01010101 110101 11111101 111101 11010101 11101010 100110101 01110011 1010111110 110101 11011100 011111 11110111 101110100 101011001 11010100 01011101 01010100 110101101 010001 11110111 0101010 1010010101 110001 10010111 111001 11011101 1010101 11110101 11111000 1001101111 111101 11111111 111101 11111101 010101 11110101 11111000 11 010101010 111111 11110101 110101 01010101 010101 01010101 1011101 11010101 010101 11111111 111101 11111101 111101 1010100101 0101110 1011011100 010101 1011001011 10001110 11010101 10101011 101111111 1101010 1001011101 011111 01010011 111101 11011111 000111 11110101 110101 1111001101 10111010 11010111 110101 11101111 010110 01011101 110111 11011111 110101 10110101 111111 11010011 110101 11110101 110101 11010101 110101 110101010 110101 1110011 110101 01011101 010101 0101010 110101 0111010 110111 01011001 100101 10001110 110001 0101111 010101 01010101 100101 1111010 111001 11010101 110111 1101010 111111 1100010 011001 10101010 111101 11011101 111101 10110111 111101 11101101 111110 10111010 111101 11001100 110101 10111010 111101 1101110 111001 101110101 110001 11111101 111001 101011111 1111001 01010101 1101110 11010111 110101 11010101 110101
  • Amount of stanzas: 59
  • Average number of symbols per stanza: 124
  • Average number of words per stanza: 23
  • Amount of lines: 229
  • Average number of symbols per line: 31 (strings are less 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, as, he, whistled, it, for, they, or, you, me, i are repeated.

    The poet used anaphora at the beginnings of some neighboring lines. The same words and, he, we, it, for, but, they, i, you are repeated.

    The author used the same words we, and, they, the 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 you connects the lines.

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