This is an analysis of the poem Johnny Armstrong that begins with:

There dwelt a man in faire Westmerland
Ionne Armstrong men did him call...

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  • Rhyme scheme: Xaba acde fgXh bfif Xgfg Xheg ccdX egbg fgig fgeX XgdX igiX AXiX XXbi cgXX AXaXXfgbg
  • Stanza lengths (in strings): 4,4,4,4,4,4,4,4,4,4,4,4,4,4,4,9,
  • Closest metre: iambic tetrameter
  • –°losest rhyme: alternate rhyme
  • –°losest stanza type: tercets
  • Guessed form: ballad stanza
  • Metre: 110101100 1111011 1110111100 111111001 1110110101 1010111 1010110111 111010101 101111001 11110111 1110111 1110110 011110101 01011111 1100011 111001111 10101110 01011111101 10111101101 11011101111 10110101 11111100 100101110101 1010101 100101110101 1010111 1010110111 111101100 10101011001 011000111 10110111 01010101101 11110001 111101 1101100111 110111111 1111101101 1111111 10101011001 11101110101 111100110 011010111 10101001001 11011111 111011101 1011001011 1110110101 1110010011 101111011 11110101 1101111101 100111010 111110001 1110111 11001101011 11010101 110111101 11011111 010111110 1111011 101111011 11111101 1101111101 1101111100 1011101111 11110101 11011110001 1010011010
  • Amount of stanzas: 17
  • Average number of symbols per stanza: 155
  • Average number of words per stanza: 31
  • Amount of lines: 68
  • Average number of symbols per line: 38 (medium-length strings)
  • Average number of words per line: 8
  • Mood of the speaker:

    The punctuation marks are various. Neither mark predominates.

  • The author used lexical repetitions to emphasize a significant image; in, all, he, his, had, and are repeated.

    The poet used anaphora at the beginnings of some neighboring lines. The same words that, 'o, for are repeated.

    The author used the same words but, then at the beginnings of some neighboring stanzas. The figure of speech is a kind of anaphora.

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