This is an analysis of the poem A Credo (After The German) that begins with:

For the sole edification
Of this decent congregation, ... full text

Elements of the verse: questions and answers

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  • Rhyme scheme: aabBBccXdDDX eefffggadDDX
  • Stanza lengths (in strings): 12,12,
  • Closest metre: trochaic tetrameter
  • Сlosest rhyme: couplets
  • Сlosest stanza type: sonnet
  • Guessed form: unknown form
  • Metre: 10110010 00101010 1010111 1010101 1010101 00101110 10101110 101101 11110101 11010101 101111011 100101110 11101010 10101010 1110101 1010111 1010111 11101010 1000111 010111 11110101 11010101 101111011 100101110
  • Amount of stanzas: 2
  • Average number of symbols per stanza: 388
  • Average number of words per stanza: 69
  • Amount of lines: 24
  • Average number of symbols per line: 31 (strings are less long than medium ones)
  • 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; he is repeated.

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

    There is a poetic device epiphora at the end of some neighboring lines chant, sang, loved are repeated).

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

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