This is an analysis of the poem Lex Talionis that begins with:

To beasts of the field, and fowls of the air,
And fish of the sea alike,... full text

Elements of the verse: questions and answers

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  • Rhyme scheme: ababcdcd XefedXaX gcgchihi jkjklXlk kakakaka mamamamamXa Xeffffe bblnnlffefffe jjmjjm XXmdddm
  • Stanza lengths (in strings): 8,8,8,8,8,11,7,13,6,7,
  • Closest metre: iambic tetrameter
  • –°losest rhyme: enclosed rhyme
  • –°losest stanza type: tercets
  • Guessed form: unknown form
  • Metre: 0100111001 1100101 11010101 1101001 00100110110 010111110 0111011111 001101010 111101111 00101011 10110101101 10101101 111101110 111110010 1111111011 01001100 11100010101 10101101 0100101111 11100101 1101011011 11111010 0110111111 01001010 111100111 1101011 101011001001 11111111 1111111101 11111010 0101101101 111001010 110010101 1101111 1010100101 10110111 1111100101 1111101 111101101 0101101 111010111 11110101 11100101111 10110101 1010100101 1100111 1111100111 1100101 110111111 00100101111 1111101 11111101 11011010 111011111 011111010 1111001101 111011111 00100010 1101110101 10110111 00100101 1011101001 0010010111 11110101 1010100111 0010100101 11101010 101011101 001010111 111101001 01011010 111100101 0010101111 101111010 111010111 010001011 11011010 1100101011 1111011011 011010010 1000011010010 11001001010 101001001010 11001010
  • Amount of stanzas: 10
  • Average number of symbols per stanza: 324
  • Average number of words per stanza: 60
  • Amount of lines: 84
  • Average number of symbols per line: 38 (medium-length strings)
  • Average number of words per line: 7
  • Mood of the speaker:

    The punctuation marks are various. Neither mark predominates.

  • The author used lexical repetitions to emphasize a significant image; to, of, and, our, we, or are repeated.

    The poet used anaphora at the beginnings of some neighboring lines. The same words when, and, oh are repeated.

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  • summary of Lex Talionis;
  • central theme;
  • idea of the verse;
  • history of its creation;
  • critical appreciation.

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