This is an analysis of the poem Adam: A Sacred Drama. Act 2. that begins with:

SCENE I. -- CHORUS OF ANGELS Singing.
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  • Rhyme scheme: a bcdefaghid j iidddfk j gckfg j llmbnkgi j dggjcmligigji j ldkoijijpdcddji j bkdiqrgsgd j ikiiimleldikldldlld j ifs j dkiidtdiei j jkmdX j kckgcgkndjjciqjc j dgcjldciqdkil j mqdsfmi j dggig j eddgdiggifddk a gcuiai X mlbcXciicmmdcjkmdcscirgcjib eccsu v c
  • Stanza lengths (in strings): 1,10,1,7,1,5,1,8,1,13,1,15,1,10,1,19,1,3,1,10,1,5,1,16,1,13,1,7,1,5,1,13,1,6,1,27,5,1,9,1,1,5,1,1,1,1,2,20,4,6,4,3,2,7,5,6,9,4,6,5,6,10,6,7,1,41,3,1,35,1,12,9,8,17,7,10,1,71,3,6,33,3,28,4,4,2,22,9,10,4,17,2,42,8,26,2,19,2,1,1,32,1,2,3,24,4,6,1,13,2,3,26,1
  • Closest metre: iambic tetrameter
  • –°losest rhyme: alternate rhyme
  • –°losest stanza type: sonnet
  • Guessed form: ballad stanza
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1101010101 0100010100 1101011 11000111001 1111010101 01010001010 100101 010101 1101101111 1111101 1011010101 111101 110101001001 111101 100110 100111001 1101011100 11010101101 11010010011 0101000101 0101111001 11010101010 110101010 1001010111010 11010000101 011101 0111010101 110101 0101010111 100101 01010111010 010101 0111010101 110101 110101 0101001 100101 1011110101 11110100101 01010101010 111101 0111010101 1111010111 1101010101 0101111 0100011010 0111011101 1110010 10010010 1101000101 11111111000 110101 010101 11010001010 010101 1001010101 1011111001 0101010101 1111110111 11010101001 010001 110100 111111 11010001001 10110101 10011111011 1111010101 11100101010 101101010101 11010101010 011101 0101011101 0100100 0101010 010100 01001101101 010101 010111 111101 0101010111 111010 0101010 110010001011 110101 101101 0011011101 1101000101 111101 1101110101 100101 1101001 010100 111101 0101110101 110001 1101010 0101010 0111001001 110101 0100100 1101010101 11010011010 010110101110 11110110101001010110 1101010010111 1101010111 1111110101 1001101101 1111011111 01010001010 11010101101 0101001101 1111011110 1100010111 1111111101 11010110101 1010110011010 01011001001 1001010 111111 11110101010 011101 1101010101 1101011101 11110100101 11010001110111 110101 1111010011 010101 1001 0111110 1101010 10110011101 101101010 1111110 110011 11110101110 011011 1111010 1111010111 011101 11001101010 1101110111 1100101 01001101110 10001111101 1101010101 0100110 11101000 0011000111 110110101 110101 100101 11111100010 1011010101 01011101010 11011101010 100101110101 01110110001 0111010101 110011 01111100110 110110001010 01010111010 110101 0101011101 01111000 111101110 11101000101 0101110 0101011001 1101010101 111111 0101010111 10010111111 101111 11010111010 010100 1101010101 11010111110 1011001 1001010101 10010001010 110011 01010100101 10110101110 1101111111 0111000101 010110 0101010101 10110010101 1101010 1001110001 1001011101 01001001 011101 1101010 0101110 1100000101 1101110 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010101 101101 000101 11001101110 1101110 0101001101 1110010 010111011110 111111100 1111010111 100101 110111 10101111 011111 1011010111 11010101010 11101111111 1101010101 101001110101 1101011101 0101101101 01010010 1101000100 010101001010 110111 0110010101 11000101010 1001011101 11110100010 010101 10010011110 001001 1111011101 1101010101 10110010100 1001110 0101011100 010001 000101 11010111011 11111110101 01010011111 010010111011 01001010001 01011100100 01011101001 0011010 100111 010101 101001010101 0101010101 111111 10010001101 11111011101 110010 011011 000001 0100110011 1101111101 111110010001 0101010011 1101010 00100111110 10111101 1101000111 111001 1111010101 010001 1111110111 0101011111 100101110010 10010101110 1111010111 1101110111 110101 1110110101 1100111011 010101 111111 0111010111 10101011111 0110011011 10011001 010111 10111111001 1101000111 11010110110 010110100111 01110101111 11110010001 0101011100 11110101010 1111010111 1101100101 1101001011 101110110100 1000101 1111010101 1111110111 01111100110 01010111111 0111011111 0101010101 1111011101 11010001001 01110110110 1101000100 1011010101 0011011101 110101 110101 110101 1111001111 0100011101 110101 01010100010 11010110111 110011 110011100111 1101011101 1001110111 01111101010 0100010111 1001011111 11111110111 11111111011 1111110 01110010101 1111111101 1101010 01010110 1101000101 101011110100 11001111001 10010111010 111101 1111010111 1100011001010 0101000101 1100111111 11011101110 1111010101 10001011 1111110111 01001010111 1101010 1111011101 111111 011111001010 1101110101 10110111110 11010011010 1101011101 110101 10110001001 1101010011 1001001101 000101 10111110101 1110110 1011110101011 100101 011001 100101 0101010 0101111 001001 1101011111 0100010 1101010100 1111100101 0111000101 1100100000 001111 1001010 1110011 1001010 011111 1011000101 11111110 1111001001 10111111 11111 10111111 0101011101 111101 11100111011 01001001101 1011110101 1001110101 1111010011 11110010010 111101 1101011101 1101110101 1100111001001 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  • Amount of stanzas: 114
  • Average number of symbols per stanza: 290
  • Average number of words per stanza: 53
  • Amount of lines: 944
  • Average number of symbols per line: 34 (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; of, as, god, o, thy, his, with, my, in, all, he, now, for, behold, i, and, how, to, or, more, where, she, that, so, man, me, thou, adam are repeated.

    The poet used anaphora at the beginnings of some neighboring lines. The same words behold, this, and, as, the, well, o, or, with, thou, where, of, for, have, that are repeated.

    There is a poetic device epiphora at the end of some neighboring lines god, soul, thee are repeated).

    The literary device anadiplosis is detected in two or more neighboring lines. The word/phrase eve connects the lines.

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