This is an analysis of the poem Ancient Boar's Head Carol. In Die Natiuitat that begins with:

Nowell, nowell, nowell, nowell,
Tydyng' gode y thyngke to telle...

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  • Rhyme scheme: XXXXXA XXXA bbbA
  • Stanza lengths (in strings): 6,4,4,
  • Closest metre: iambic trimeter
  • –°losest rhyme: no rhyme
  • –°losest stanza type: sonnet
  • Guessed form: sonnet with iambic trimeter or irregular meter
  • Metre: 10101010 1011101 01011111 100001011 11010111 101 0110101 101000101 11110011 101 01011101 01001111 001001011 101
  • Amount of stanzas: 3
  • Average number of symbols per stanza: 136
  • Average number of words per stanza: 26
  • Amount of lines: 14
  • Average number of symbols per line: 28 (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; nowell is repeated.

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

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