This is an analysis of the poem The Joy Of The Cross that begins with:

Long plunged in sorrow, I resign
My soul to that dear hand of thine,... full text

Elements of the verse: questions and answers

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  • Rhyme scheme: aabccb ddbeeb ffghhg eeijji eecjjc kklffl fcjiij aabjjb ccceec iicaac ggaffaXhhceec
  • Stanza lengths (in strings): 6,6,6,6,6,6,6,6,6,6,13,
  • Closest metre: iambic tetrameter
  • –°losest rhyme: couplets
  • –°losest stanza type: tercets
  • Guessed form: unknown form
  • Metre: 11010101 11011101 010111 11111101 10010101 010101 11010011 010111001 111101 11010111 11001111 111101 110100101 01011101 111100 010100111 110100001 110101 110110011 10011111 010001 101100101 11011110 110101 01110111 11011101 1110011 1010100101 11011101 011101 01110101 10011101 111101 01011001 11010101 110111 01110011 110100100 010011 110011101 01010001 110001 11010001 11000101 110001 010001001 111101001 010011 10110101 01010101 110111 11011101 0100001 0100001 10111111 111111001 1100001 110100111 11010101 101101 10010011 11010011 011101 11110011 11010011 111111 11111001 10001101 111101 01011101 11110110 110111
  • Amount of stanzas: 12
  • Average number of symbols per stanza: 189
  • Average number of words per stanza: 34
  • Amount of lines: 72
  • 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; i, and, thy are repeated.

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

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

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  • summary of The Joy Of The Cross;
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