This is an analysis of the poem Cleopatra that begins with:

HER mouth is fragrant as a vine,
A vine with birds in all its boughs;... full text

Elements of the verse: questions and answers

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  • Rhyme scheme: ababa cacac deded fgfgf hahah gigig bjbjb bjbjb kbkbk bbbbX Xblbl Xidid lalal dXdmd bXbfX hdhdk bmbmb cncnc agaXa nlnlX
  • Stanza lengths (in strings): 5,5,5,5,5,5,5,5,5,5,5,5,5,5,5,5,5,5,5,5,
  • Closest metre: iambic tetrameter
  • –°losest rhyme: rondeau rhyme
  • –°losest stanza type: tercets
  • Guessed form: unknown form
  • Metre: 01010101 01010101 10110101 01010001 101001101 01111100 01010111 11110101 01010101 01010101 11010101 11011101 01110101 110111001 11111011 10010101 11010111 01100111 10010101 01010111 11010110 10011001 100100110 110100111 01011100 11010101 110011001 110100100 11000101 11111101 10110111 11010111 01100101 10110100 01011101 10111100 110100011 01010100 011001101 11010011 11010111 010010001 01010101 01110101 01011101 011110101 11110101 01010101 11110100 11011110 11010111 11010101 11110111 11001010 11010101 011100111 01111111 01110101 010110111 01111101 01010101 10110101 010101011 01110011 110110101 11010011 01011111 01111111 11010101 11010101 10110101 11100110 10110011 01000111 01010100 01110100 11110101 110010110 010001100 11101101 11111111 11111111 11111111 11011011 11000101 11010101 11010100 10110111 10110001 11111101 01011101 11001100 110100101 1101100 10111101 01111111 01010101 01111101 11010111 10110100
  • Amount of stanzas: 20
  • Average number of symbols per stanza: 194
  • Average number of words per stanza: 34
  • Amount of lines: 100
  • 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; her, as, of, and, that, on are repeated.

    The poet used anaphora at the beginnings of some neighboring lines. The same words her, to, through, the, on are repeated.

    The author used the same words her, the, all, she 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 things connects the lines.

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