This is an analysis of the poem The Secrets Of Divine Love Are To Be Kept that begins with:

Sun! stay thy course, this moment stay--
Suspend the o'er flowing tide of day,... full text

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  • Rhyme scheme: aabbcc debbdd ddddff gghhii eeccdd eeddhh ddffaa jjbbdd jjdXjj aajjgg bbddhh eekkll ddhhff iiaaaa ddkkaa jjggdd jjkkbX bbbbmm ddjjii aaddgg aakkhh ddddddXbbbbii
  • Stanza lengths (in strings): 6,6,6,6,6,6,6,6,6,6,6,6,6,6,6,6,6,6,6,6,6,13,
  • Closest metre: iambic tetrameter
  • –°losest rhyme: couplets
  • –°losest stanza type: tercets
  • Guessed form: unknown form
  • Metre: 11110101 0101010101 01110111 11010001 11111101 11010011 11010011 11010101 01011111 11110101 11010111 10010111 111111010 011100010 11010101 11011101 11010001 110100101 11110101 11110101 11011101 011100101 11010101 01000101 11110001 01010101 11010011 01110111 11011101 11110110 10010101 11010101 110001001 01001111 11111101 10010001 110001010 0101101110 10010101 01010111 01111101 01111101 01011101 11010101 01011101 11000101 111101001 01010101 100011101 11010101 10110101 011101100 01010101 01110101 111100101 01010101 11000101 111101001 110011111 11011101 100011101 11110101 11010101 11010111 11010101 01110111 01111101 110010101 00011111 01010011 11111101 00110101 11111101 111111001 11111101 01011101 01110111 11110101 11010111 110011001 11001111 01010101 11011111 11111111 11110111 11010101 01010101 11011111 01111101 11111111 11011111 10100111 110111001 11111101 11010001 11010101 110010101 01110011 11000001 01111101 11011111 11010010 01110001 11011101 11010100 01000101 01010101 11010101 11010101 11110011 11110101 11110111 10010001 001010001 11110111 11000101 01110101 01001101 10010101 11010101 11110111 11011111 11111101 11001001 11001101 11011111 01011101 01011101 010001001 111100101 11100101 01111101 1100101 11010101 10010101 11011001 10011101 11110101
  • Amount of stanzas: 23
  • Average number of symbols per stanza: 207
  • Average number of words per stanza: 37
  • Amount of lines: 138
  • 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; my, that, ye, know, i are repeated.

    The poet used anaphora at the beginnings of some neighboring lines. The same words that, ye, the, how, i, when are repeated.

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

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