This is an analysis of the poem Adam: A Sacred Drama. Act 1. that begins with:

CHORUS OF ANGELS, Singing the Glory of God.
To Heaven's bright lyre let Iris be the bow,... full text

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  • Rhyme scheme: a bccbdcceaffagggghiih fc jkghfhlmcnohpgahaaknefhl Q qqcXqhh q caannqqcc E icnhhaX Q AgkcAhcddA E chahhan Q rgckeipkekha E kihaf hkghdhhXqghqefkcahsXkef Q gtcXkcXgcdhakh ccecbb E nhehgckhgatamn Q egahaoh kfabhkhacdkgogcaseocfchnqcdek E gaga hfkckcnlheXkah
  • Stanza lengths (in strings): 1,20,2,24,1,7,1,9,1,7,1,10,1,7,1,12,1,5,23,1,14,6,1,14,1,7,29,1,4,27,1,7,6,1,26,1,8,39,5,1,32,1,17,39,21,13,5,44,4,15,1,16,7,8,2,13,1,5,5,15,5,6,2,1,5,6,10,7,9,13,5,1,5,9,4,8,15,5,5,6,6,6,
  • Closest metre: iambic tetrameter
  • –°losest rhyme: alternate rhyme
  • –°losest stanza type: sonnet
  • Guessed form: ballad stanza
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1001010 1011000011 01001010101 1101011101 1101110101 0101011001 1101011101 1101010101 1101011101 1101010001 0101011101 010101 11010110 1110111 110101 10110111 100111 1101010101 11 100101101 1101101101 110001 1010111 111100100010 111111 010101 1100100 1101010101 111101 101101 1001010101 0101000111 1111010101 1000101101 0101010101 111101 101111 110111 01011110010 1001010 1101110101 1100011111 1101001001010 11001101111 1101011101 11111101010 1111010110 110011 010101 0101110100 11011010111 11101001100 1001010100101 01000111001 11010010001 1111010101 1111011101 1101010101 1111010 101101 1111011101 1111101101 100101 10110101101 0101100100 111101 0111110001 1101011101 0101011000 100110111 1101010011 100101 11110111110 110101110010 1101101101 010101100110 01011101010 101101 100111 110101 0101011101 10010101010 1100110101 10101001111 10111011101 111101 11010101110 0101110101 10111010001 0101000101 1101010101 1111010 111000 1111011101 1101010101 11001110100 111001 0110001110 1001010101 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11111101010 010101 010101 0111110 0101010 0101010111 10011101110 1001000101 1001110011 1101010 010101 11010101100 110101 11110101010 100110101 1001001010 01010011101 1101010101 1101010101 10110010001 010001 01100101010 01011000101 101100101100 1101010101 0100110101 110101 01011001010 1001010 0100010101 010001 101011001101 010111 1101011101 110111 011111 010111 1101010001 1001111011111 1101001 0111010 110101 11101010 0111010 010001 11001011101 1001101001101 1101011101 10011010111110 1101010100 110001 010100 1111010101 110101 110101 0101001 0101010101 010001 1111000101 111101 1101001101 11100010100101100 100001110111110 1101001101 011111 0101010 0101010001 10011010101 1101010 1001011101 110101 110100110110 1001100010101 1010101010 11001010 01011010111 1101010010 110101 0111110101 0101110001 11001010101 0101010011 10110011101 01011111011 1100010101 1011000101 10101010001 1000011100010100 010101 110001 111101 1101110101 10110101 110101 110101 1011000101 011101 1101011101 1001100110011 1001000101 11100100100101100 1001111010100 0101011101 0101011001 110101 0011010111 100111101 110101 1010010 1011101001 101111 1011010101 10011000111110 11111101010 11110101010 0010011111 010001 1101010101 1101001101 1101100101 0101001101 0101100101 1001101010100 1101110 11110101010 110001 01110111110 011101 11010001010 100010011 1100010111 1101110 0111001 01111001010 10010111010 110101 011101 0101010101 1001101010 010111 10110100 110101 010011 01110101010 011111 1101010111 010111 10110001001 010101 1011111111 01010100010 100110100110 0101010001 1101010 110101 11010101010 111010010100101100 0111010101 010101 010100111010 110101 0101000101 100101110101 1001100101 110001 1111010001 1101010 111101 011001 1000110 1101110111 101111110101 0101110001 101101 1010001101 100110011100 11011100010 01010101010 01010001001 01001010001 011100 100101 10010111010 1001111000101 011101 0101010 101111 100100110010 0101010101 0101000101 010101 1001010 1011010 110101 1101010001 1100110 01001110101 1001010101 1001001110011 0101101001 010101 1111010 1010010101 100101001 10011100101 11011001010 110011 0101010 100101010101 1101010101 01010101010 111101 1000101 1100011101 100111101 1101110 111101 011101 1111001 1100110111 100011010101010 1100110101 0101010101 110101 0100111 0101110001
  • Amount of stanzas: 82
  • Average number of symbols per stanza: 321
  • Average number of words per stanza: 57
  • Amount of lines: 737
  • Average number of symbols per line: 35 (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; to, and, of, in, thy, he, o, my, that, where, or, nor, air, her, its, thou, his, arms, your, our, she, with are repeated.

    The poet used anaphora at the beginnings of some neighboring lines. The same words to, and, the, now, behold, that, of, your, a are repeated.

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

    There is a poetic device epiphora at the end of some neighboring lines adieu, again are repeated).

    The poet repeated the same word thee at the end of some neighboring stanzas. The poetic device is a kind of epiphora.

    The literary device anadiplosis is detected in two or more neighboring lines. The words/phrases man, descend connect the lines.

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