Analysis of Trilogy Of Passion 03 Atonement

Johann Wolfgang von Goethe 1749 (Frankfurt) – 1832 (Weimar)



PASSION brings reason--who can pacify

An anguish'd heart whose loss hath been so great?
Where are the hours that fled so swiftly by?

In vain the fairest thou didst gain from fate;
Sad is the soul, confused the enterprise;

The glorious world, how on the sense it dies!

In million tones entwined for evermore,

Music with angel-pinions hovers there,
To pierce man's being to its inmost core,

Eternal beauty has its fruit to bear;
The eye grows moist, in yearnings blest reveres
The godlike worth of music as of tears.

And so the lighten'd heart soon learns to see

That it still lives, and beats, and ought to beat,
Off'ring itself with joy and willingly,

In grateful payment for a gift so sweet.
And then was felt,--oh may it constant prove!--
The twofold bliss of music and of love.


Scheme A BA BC C D ED EFF G HG HXX
Poetic Form
Metre 101101110 1101111111 11010111101 0101011111 110101010 01001110111 010101110 101101101 111101111 0101011111 0111010101 011110111 0101011111 1111010111 1101110100 0101010111 0111111101 0111110011
Closest metre Iambic pentameter
Characters 771
Words 143
Sentences 8
Stanzas 10
Stanza Lengths 1, 2, 2, 1, 1, 2, 3, 1, 2, 3
Lines Amount 18
Letters per line (avg) 34
Words per line (avg) 8
Letters per stanza (avg) 61
Words per stanza (avg) 14
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Submitted on May 13, 2011

Modified on March 05, 2023

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