This is an analysis of the poem Hero And Leander: The Second Sestiad that begins with:

By this, sad Hero, with love unacquainted,
Viewing Leander's face, fell down and fainted.... full text

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  • Rhyme scheme: XabbaaaaccdXcccceefffffggaXaXccaXaaaaccaahhaaiiibaaaajjbXkkccXXaaggXallccccaXffaajjaahhiiggccllcXccbbccaaaammaajjffiimmbbjjhmXnaaooaXiijjjjcciiiiiiccXXlXjjaaaaaaiihhaaXXaabbffffnXffaXaabbnnffpnXddaaooiXjjhhXimmccccaXbbiiaabbiiiiaacciiiiiimmaajjaajjooffXXn
  • Stanza lengths (in strings): 337,
  • Closest metre: iambic pentameter
  • –°losest rhyme: limerick
  • –°losest stanza type: tercets
  • Guessed form: blank verse
  • Metre: 10110011000 1010111110 1101110001 10011010111 1111110101 1101010011 0101011111 1111011101 01001000101 1111100101 010101111 10010101000 11001011111 1111000101 1101010011 1111010101 01010010111 11100101111 1101011111 1101010101 11010101001 1111111011 1111 1111010 11010111110 1111110101 1011010010 11111011010 11101100100 11010010001 1101010101 10010100101 11000101010 11010100010 11011001010 1001110101 11001011111 11110101001 1111010101 01010100101 0111010101 11111011010 11011011010 11110101010 10011100010 1110110011 1111000101 0101010101 1101010101 0101001001 11111100001 1111010101 1101000101 0101011001 1101010011 1111110101 11010100100 1101000101 1111101101 1100110101 1101001101 01001010111 110010101 11011111010 110011100010 1110010011 1101010001 100010101110 0101010101 1111110101 1101110111 10111100110 11111100110 10010101110 11011101110 1001010011 1101010100 1111010101 110010001 0111110111 1101001111 1101010101 1101001101 1101110111 1101011101 101011101010 11111111010 1101100101 1011110101 1111011111 1111010101 1101010001 0101001111 1111011101 1101110101 1101110111 10111110001 1101011101 1101010101 11011110101 1100110101 1101000101 1011001101 1101010101 1010010101 0101010101 0101010101 100110010101 1101011111 01011001101 1101010011 1101110001 1110100101 1111110001 1101010101 0101011101 1101011101 1111111001 111111001 1001011101 1001110100 1111010101 1100010001 1101000100 1010110011 11010101000 1101010111 1101010101 1101010101 11101110001 100111101 11111101101 01010100010 010101001010 11100101110 0101010011 101011110 1101100101 1001010110 1101011100 1101110101 1101111001 0101011101 1101011001 1001011111 0110010111 1001110101 11010111111 1111100101 11010101111 1101010100 0101111111 1101010101 01111001001 11011101100 100100100111 11010010101 0100110101 11010111111 01010010111 1110010101 11001101101 1101110011 11010111110 01010101010 1101010101 1101010101 01010111110 1111010101 1111011101 1101011111 1111110101 1101100101 11010100111 11011101111 0101010101 1101110101 1001011101 11110101111 0111010101 1101110111 1101100101 11010001100 1101111101 11001010111 1101111111 11111100101 1111010101 1100010111 01010111001 1101110111 1101 010101 1101111101 1011011101 1101010001 10011111 1101111101 1001010111 1101111001 1111000101 1101011001 1111110111 110101110001 11111101010 010111001010 11110101011 11110101101 1011011111 1001100101 1111011101 1100111101 0101010111 11000101100 1011010101 0101111011 0111010101 0101011101 1111111001 11011101001 01101010001 01010111010 1011011100 0101110101 1001010001 001101111 1100110101 1101010101 1001010101 1101011101 10010101101 10010101011 1111110101 0101010111 1111010101 1101010101 1111011101 1101000111 11001011111 1110010111 1100010101 1100011101 1001111101 1111110101 0101110111 1101010001 1001010101 1101110111 1111111101 1011110101 1110111101 1100011101 011101001010 11110101110 1110010101 1001110101 11011100101 1100111101 0101010101 1101010101 0111010101 1101011101 1101011010 101000111010 1101010101 0101110101 1001110101 10001110100 1111110001 1010100111 11011100100 0111010101 11001010101 0101110101 11010100111 100101001100 1101011110 1111010101 1101001101 1101000101 01010101001 1011011101 1101110101 0100011101 11001001101 1001010101 1101111101 1101010101 1011010111 1111011101 10101101111 1101110001 11001 010011 1101010101 0011101001 1100010111 1011111111 0111011111 0101110101 10010011000 1111010111 1111000101 1111010101 11010110101 1101010111 110100011 1011110001 1011011111 0111110101 1101100101 1111110011 1111011111 1011010011 1001000101 1101010101 11010100101 1111100111 1101010111 1101110101 1001000111 0101111101 10110111111 1101010011 1101010111 1101011001 1011000101 1001011101 1111011001 1001010101 011100010 1101001101 1101110101 1101110001 1001011101 11100010111 1010101010
  • Amount of stanzas: 1
  • Average number of symbols per stanza: 14384
  • Average number of words per stanza: 2609
  • Amount of lines: 337
  • Average number of symbols per line: 42 (strings are more long than medium ones)
  • 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; and, she, their, her, it, lost, to, he, his are repeated.

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

    There is a poetic device epiphora at the end of some neighboring lines it, him, her are repeated).

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