This is an analysis of the poem The Vicissitudes Experienced In The Christian Life that begins with:

I suffer fruitless anguish day by day,
Each moment, as it passes, marks my pain;... full text

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  • Rhyme scheme: abab cdcd eaea fgfg hchc igig ecec igig cfcf gbgb ijij ekek aeae lflf eXXg lglg jjjj fkfk aeae efef hbhb cgcg gfgf eheh bbbb efef hbhb efef aXacXchch
  • Stanza lengths (in strings): 4,4,4,4,4,4,4,4,4,4,4,4,4,4,4,4,4,4,4,4,4,4,4,4,4,4,4,4,9,
  • Closest metre: iambic pentameter
  • –°losest rhyme: alternate rhyme
  • –°losest stanza type: tercets
  • Guessed form: blank verse
  • Metre: 1101010111 1101010111 1101010011 1111011101 0111011101 010001010010 1101110110 11010111010 1101011111 11010111101 1101010111 1101010101 1101110001 1100100101 1111101101 0111110111 0111111101 1111011111 1111010101 0101010101 1001011101 11111101010 1101001111 11010101010 1101111101 1101010101 1001110101 1101011101 0001110001 00101110101 11001011101 1101111101 1011011101 1011001111 11001011101 1101100101 01011101010 1111011101 100110111010 1101011101 10011010101 11110101001 1101110111 1111010101 1111110101 1101110111 100110011 0101110101 1111111101 1011010111 1111000101 0101011101 1101111001 11111010001 1111010101 1101111111 1101110101 1101110111 1111110100 1111011101 1100010111 1101010101 11010010111 0101110001 1001110101 100111101 1101010111 0111010001 1101010111 1111010001 1101010101 1101011101 1111110001 1110001101 0101111001 0001011101 1101001101 0101110001 11011111101 01110111111 1111011101 1111011101 1101111101 1101110101 1111111111 1101011001 0111010011 1101111111 11111000011 1111010101 1110110011 0101010011 1111011101 0001101101 0111110101 0111010011 1101011101 11001100111 0101001101 1111111001 1101010101 1011000111 01110110101 01001011011 1111110011 11010100111 0111001101 1100110101 1101111101 0111010111 1011010101 0110100101 1111010111 11011111000 11011000101 1111110001 11111101001 11110010111 0111110101 1111110101
  • Amount of stanzas: 30
  • Average number of symbols per stanza: 170
  • Average number of words per stanza: 32
  • Amount of lines: 120
  • Average number of symbols per line: 42 (strings are more long than medium ones)
  • Average number of words per line: 8
  • Mood of the speaker:

    The punctuation marks are various. Neither mark predominates.

  • The author used lexical repetitions to emphasize a significant image; i, my, not, nor, and, of, me, he, thy are repeated.

    The poet used anaphora at the beginnings of some neighboring lines. The same words my, am, he are repeated.

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

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

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