This is an analysis of the poem The Perfect Sacrifice that begins with:

I place an offering at thy shrine,
From taint and blemish clear,... full text

Elements of the verse: questions and answers

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  • Rhyme scheme: abab acac dede fafa
  • Stanza lengths (in strings): 4,4,4,4,
  • Closest metre: iambic trimeter
  • –°losest rhyme: rima
  • –°losest stanza type: tercets
  • Guessed form: unknown form
  • Metre: 111100111 011101 10110001 011111 11111101 111111 01010001 010011 10110101 110001 01110001 1100101 10011101 010111 100100111 110011
  • Amount of stanzas: 4
  • Average number of symbols per stanza: 113
  • Average number of words per stanza: 22
  • Amount of lines: 16
  • Average number of symbols per line: 28 (strings are less long than medium ones)
  • Average number of words per line: 5
  • Mood of the speaker:

    The punctuation marks are various. Neither mark predominates.

  • The author used lexical repetitions to emphasize a significant image; thy, in are repeated.

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

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  • summary of The Perfect Sacrifice;
  • central theme;
  • idea of the verse;
  • history of its creation;
  • critical appreciation.

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