This is an analysis of the poem Hymn To Death that begins with:

Oh! could I hope the wise and pure in heart
Might hear my song without a frown, nor deem... full text

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  • Rhyme scheme: abcddefghijbchkaljmdin geoXgbgijmoajgmbagplkaclbgelqe cpaeqgmXlcicccdmgnldjlgomabXgj pnbpfoljmdgngbgXigcgkgnnbcgkhj olgdnmagcXiibgggaapcl oiinjjnX aacncmmerprkreipjaacgghkagX
  • Stanza lengths (in strings): 22,30,30,30,21,8,27,
  • Closest metre: iambic pentameter
  • –°losest rhyme: shakespearean sonnet
  • –°losest stanza type: tercets
  • Guessed form: blank verse
  • Metre: 1111011101 1111010111 1101000101 1111010111 00110011101 11111111001 1111011111 0101010001 1001011101 0100110101 0101010101 1111010111 1010010111 11111101001 0001011101 1101001111 1111110101 1101111101 1011111101 0111011101 0101110101 1001111101 1101010101 0111110101 01011101110 1111010001 11110100111 01110101101 1101110100 1111110101 11010100111 01011000101 1101010100 11010101001 1100101011 0100010101 1001010111 0101001101 1101010101 10001000111 0101011111 1011010101 1111110111 1011110101 1011010101 1001110101 1101000101 1010010111 01010101101 010001010110 110010111101 0101010111 1101111101 1001010001 1111110101 0111110101 1101111101 11010100101 1111010100 11100000110 1001111111 01011101010 0101111011 100110010100 1001011111 1011010101 10010101011 1101011111 0111111111 10010101101 110100101110 1101010101 1001010111 0100010111 010001110001 10010110100 11111011100 0101011111 1111010101 1001011100 1101010111 0100010101 10111011001 1011010011 11100111011 1101011011 1111011101 10110110100 1001010101 1111110101 1111100101 11110100101 11101111001 1001010011 1101110101 1101010101 1101001011 1011111100 11111010111 1101010101 0111000101 0100010111 1001010111 0101011101 1100010111 1101010101 01010011101 01001010101 0101010011 0101010111 11001010001 0101001111 11010111010 01101101010 1001011101 1101010111 10111000101 1101110101 1101110111 01001011101 0110000101 10011001100 1100010101 11110110101 11000100111 1101010001 1101010011 0111001111 11111000101 1101111101 0101110101 1101101101 1011111101 01110110110 1101111111 0101110011 1100011111 0101100101 1010010111 0101110001 10100111001 1101010101 11010101001 01110101001 1111111101 0111000101 1111111111 01111010111 11110100111 11111000111 0101110101 0101010101 0101010111 1011001101 1101011111 1101011101 10010011011 01010101001 11010101001 1111110111 11010110111 1101110101 1101011101 0101010001 11010110011 1101011111 0101010101 0010110100
  • Amount of stanzas: 7
  • Average number of symbols per stanza: 1068
  • Average number of words per stanza: 196
  • Amount of lines: 168
  • Average number of symbols per line: 44 (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; and, thee, his, their, thy, had, for, in, to, who, he are repeated.

    The poet used anaphora at the beginnings of some neighboring lines. The same words thy, the, and, had, to, as are repeated.

    The poet repeated the same word life at the end of some neighboring stanzas. The poetic device is a kind of epiphora.

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