This is an analysis of the poem King John And The Abbot Of Canterbury that begins with:

An ancient story Ile tell you anon
Of a notable prince, that was called King John;...

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  • Rhyme scheme: Xabb XXXa ccbb ccXX XXXX Xccd eeXX bbXX bbfX ggcX eXhh eeiX ggcd eejj bbXX bbkk ccXX ggXX cccc eeXX eecX kXbX iXbX aXXX ddcX fXXX cciX
  • Stanza lengths (in strings): 4,4,4,4,4,4,4,4,4,4,4,4,4,4,4,4,4,4,4,4,4,4,4,4,4,4,4,
  • Closest metre: trochaic pentameter
  • –°losest rhyme: no rhyme
  • –°losest stanza type: sonnet
  • Guessed form: unknown form
  • Metre: 1101011110 00100111111 1111001101 110111100101 111101001011 0100100100 1101101110 1111101101 110101011 01010011001 11011001101 010111001001 11101011001 1100110111 1111101110 1111100111 110101011001 11011011011 1111101111 11001111010 1110101101 1110111011 10111101101 1110100110 1110110001 0110111111 01111111001 111101101111 101101101 1111101101 1101101111 1111101111 11111011101 1110101111 1010111111 111010010110 111101011 10001011101 10111101101 11111011001 01101011111 1110101100 1100101111 11001011001 11101001011 11101001001 1111101101 11011110011 11011010111 111111101 10111101101 1100100110 1100111011 0010111101 01101111001 00111001101 11001101101 1111101101 1101101111 11111011110 1111010011011 1011110111 111110111010 111010010110 11100111101 11111011011 101011111 101111111010 1101101111 01000111011 01011011011 10101110010 110101001101 111110111 11011101101 1111101111 1111111001 0110111111 01111111001 1101101111 110111011 10011011111 110100101 111111101011 0111111110 10111101110 11001101101 1111101110 11100111001 01011011010 1111111101 101011011010 011111111 1011010111 1001101111 11111011110 11111111110 11001001010 10011011111 111011011111 011111101 111110010010 111101011 110111011110 1100111011 10101111101 11011011101 11110100011
  • Amount of stanzas: 27
  • Average number of symbols per stanza: 180
  • Average number of words per stanza: 36
  • Amount of lines: 108
  • Average number of symbols per line: 44 (strings are more long than medium ones)
  • Average number of words per line: 9
  • Mood of the speaker:

    The punctuation marks are various. Neither mark predominates.

  • The author used lexical repetitions to emphasize a significant image; and, thy, my, to, i, his, of, thou are repeated.

    The poet used anaphora at the beginnings of some neighboring lines. The same word with is repeated.

    The author used the same words 'the, 'now 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.

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