This is an analysis of the poem The Feud: A Border Ballad that begins with:

PLATE I
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  • Rhyme scheme: aX bcbc dadX dedX fgfX hdhd dhdX ifif XX ddddagaX bfbX jfjX bebe bebe XX cecekXkl afafcXcabdbdhaha fkfkbfbfbdXdkgkgegeghXhbadaXjfjX efefdbdbcgcgeaeX amlm XX dddd bhbh dddX cmcm adaX bdfd hhhh afaf aXX fhfhmbmb ececdadajhjhjnjnohohiailfdfddadadcdc bkbk
  • Stanza lengths (in strings): 2,4,4,4,4,4,4,4,2,8,4,4,4,4,2,8,16,32,16,4,2,4,4,4,4,4,4,4,4,3,8,36,24,24,22,6,12,11,6,7,
  • Closest metre: iambic tetrameter
  • –°losest rhyme: alternate rhyme
  • –°losest stanza type: sonnet
  • Guessed form: ballad stanza
  • Metre: 11 101010 11111001011 11001011 01011101001 11001001 11101111101 10101001 101001101001 01111011 11101001001 001001011 11111011101 110010010 01101001001 11001001 11110011001 01101011 01011011001 11001011 10101011101 11101001 11011011011 11101001 01011011001 111010100 11001111001 11101101 11011111101 01100101 11 10001100 110111111 1101101 111011101 0101101 111100101 010111 11111101 1111111 11111111 1111001 1111100101 1111111 11011001 111101 101101111 1110101 11010001 0010101 111110001 110101 10111101 010101 1110100101 1110101 11 110010 1110101001 1011101 110101001 1100101 101110101 110100 101110101 0010100 011100111 1010101 1010010101 100101 10011101 110101 01111011 010101 111100111 011101 110010111 110111 11011101 111011 11010111 110101 11010101 1001001 11010101 101101 11010111 110101 11010101 101101 11010101 1101001 110101100 110101 11011101 010001 11010101 110111 11110101 010101 111010101 101101 10110101 111101 10010111 110101 111100101 1111111 111011101 0011101 11011001 110111 11111101 110101 01110101 100101 111111101 11101001 111110101 0101111 110101101 110111 11011111 011111 110011111 010101 110111001 1101101 1111110101 10101110 011100101 1110101 1110010100 1101101 11 101000 11001101101 01101011 11111110001 11011001 11001101111 11111001 11101001011 10101001 11001011011 101101011 11011011111 111110111 01011101011 11101101 11001001111 11001011 11011101001 10101111 10101011011 111011011 11011001111 11001001 111111101111 11111001 11001011011 11001101 10111111011 101101101 11111001011 11101101 01001101111 11101001 11 110101010110010 101001101010 01010101 011101 11010101 010101 11010001 101101 11010111 011101 01111101 110111 01011111 010101 11010101 010101 10110001 110101 11010101 110101 11001101 110101 01000101 111111 11010101 111101 11110111 011101 11010101 110101 01010001 011111 11110101 110100 11010101 110111 10111101 110101 01010111 1100101 11010101 010101 11011101 011111 11110101 111101 11010101 110101 11010111 010101 11010101 100111 11010111 011111 011100101 1101001 11010101 010101 01011101 100111 01010101 011100 01110101 110111 11010101 110101 01110111 111101 01011111 010101 01011101 010101 11010111 011111 11011011 111111 11110100 011101 01011101 011111 110011111 1101001 10010001 110111 01010101 111111 11011111 111101 11111101 101111 11110101 111011 11100101 010101 01011101 111101 11111111 110001 11011101 010111 010000101 110100 11111101 011101 11111101 011111 01011101 0100111 11111111 110101 11110101 111101 11010101 110100 01111111 011101 01011101 100101 10011111 010001 11010101 011101 110100101 101111 11011101 1011001 11010101 111111 11011111 110111 01110101 110101 110011111 1101011 01010001 011111 11011101 01011111 011111 11011101 1111111 11010111 011101 101110101 110101 11011111 111101 11110101 110111 11111111 111111 11 11110 0100101110100111 011111111011101 10101101011110010 011101110111010
  • Amount of stanzas: 41
  • Average number of symbols per stanza: 270
  • Average number of words per stanza: 51
  • Amount of lines: 331
  • Average number of symbols per line: 33 (medium-length strings)
  • 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; and, they've, their, my, your, i, or, her, to, his, he, she, they are repeated.

    The poet used anaphora at the beginnings of some neighboring lines. The same words they've, and, the, your, or, a, too, he, her are repeated.

    The author used the same word the at the beginnings of some neighboring stanzas. The figure of speech is a kind of anaphora.

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

    The literary device anadiplosis is detected in two or more neighboring lines. The word/phrase her connects the lines.

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