This is an analysis of the poem The Three Friends that begins with:

The sword slew one in deadly strife ;
One perished by the bowl ;... full text

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  • Rhyme scheme: ababAB cdcdcd efefXf gdgXgd hbhXgX hihihi dididi dhdhdX ijijij djdjXj klklkl cmXmcm ececec nonono abaXAB cicici ppXpppXififif
  • Stanza lengths (in strings): 6,6,6,6,6,6,6,6,6,6,6,6,6,6,6,6,13,
  • Closest metre: iambic trimeter
  • –°losest rhyme: alternate rhyme
  • –°losest stanza type: tercets
  • Guessed form: unknown form
  • Metre: 01110101 110101 01111101 110111 11010111 110111 11011111 111101 11011101 111101 11011101 011101 01001111 100111 11010101 110101 110011010 110111 1101001 110101 11010101 0111011 11010101 0100111 11011111 011101 11101101 1101011 11011110 1101011 11011101 111111 11011101 111111 01010101 110101 11111111 111101 01110111 010101 11010101 111101 11000101 110101 11110111 110101 11111111 010101 01011111 010101 1101011 010111 11110101 010111 11111111 110111 11010101 111111 11111010 111111 11110101 111101 01110101 010101 11010111 110101 11011101 011101 11110101 011001 10010101 110101 01010101 011001 11010101 111101 11010001 011011 10110101 1101110 11000101 1101010 11010101 1101010 11010111 111101 01010111 111111 11010111 110111 11110101 111111 11110101 110111 01110101 110101 11100101 010101 01011111 010101 01110111 110111 11011111 111001 11110111 111101 11010101 011111
  • Amount of stanzas: 18
  • Average number of symbols per stanza: 193
  • Average number of words per stanza: 37
  • Amount of lines: 108
  • 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; i, side, to, he, we, my, and are repeated.

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

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

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

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  • summary of The Three Friends;
  • central theme;
  • idea of the verse;
  • history of its creation;
  • critical appreciation.

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