This is an analysis of the poem Nightwatchman's Song that begins with:

After Heinrich I. F. Biber
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  • Rhyme scheme: X a bbcbb ddcdX aabaX cceee aaeaf bbcbc X e bbcbb ggdgd eXfef hhaha iidid Xbfbf
  • Stanza lengths (in strings): 1,1,5,5,5,5,5,5,1,1,5,5,5,5,5,5,
  • Closest metre: iambic tetrameter
  • Сlosest rhyme: couplets
  • Сlosest stanza type: tercets
  • Guessed form: unknown form
  • Metre: 10101110 1 0011101 111101001 11111 01010111 010101 1110101 11010101 11110 1111011 110111 1111001011 1010111 011111 010100101 1011110 10111101 11111111 11110 10111101 111100 11100101 11110101 010100 11110101 111101 11110001 1011101 101001 11111111 110111 1 1001010111001 0011101 01011100 01110 01010111 011001 10011101 11011101 10001 01010101 010100 01011101 101101100 10110 11111101 10101 110101010 010100110 1111 110111010 0101001 010101010 101101010 010101 010101110 1101111 0010100 100101101 011111 010110111 100111
  • Amount of stanzas: 16
  • Average number of symbols per stanza: 141
  • Average number of words per stanza: 21
  • Amount of lines: 64
  • Average number of symbols per line: 35 (medium-length strings)
  • 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; in, s are repeated.

    The poet used anaphora at the beginnings of some neighboring lines. The same word in is repeated.

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  • idea of the verse;
  • history of its creation;
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