This is an analysis of the poem The Younger Brutus that begins with:

When in the Thracian dust uprooted lay,
In ruin vast, the strength of Italy,...

Elements of the verse: questions and answers

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  • Rhyme scheme: abcdedcddfgedhh idgdecijdjdihkkbldbhbeagfmgenn XdXndieXdcndfdd giagajdjgmehlaa afabdfecldcfkcc iffffgcooXedfbaeljdkXfibgdeihX
  • Stanza lengths (in strings): 15,30,15,15,15,30,
  • Closest metre: iambic tetrameter
  • –°losest rhyme: shakespearean sonnet
  • –°losest stanza type: sonnet
  • Guessed form: unknown form
  • Metre: 1001010101 0101010100 1111100101 1101 01000100101 100101 11010111 110101 1111110111 01010101 0111000101 0111010100 0101111 110010101 0011010101 11010101 01011111 1111010101 011101 0101000111 0101010011 000101 011101 1100011101 1111010001 010001 1111010010 1101110101 11110011 010111010101 10001110100 01010101 0100011100 0101010100 10011101 01011100 1111111101 01010101 0101011001 1111011111 010010101 101010111 11000101 1011010101 1101010101 11010100 0101 11011110 11010101 11111100 11010011 0101110001 1111011100 1111101111 10010101 11011010101 0101110001 1101101101 0100110001 0101110101 11111100100 01110101 10011101 1011000111 0111010101 1101100101 11010001 11010000101 10110101 01110101 1101001001 11010101 1111010101 01010101 0101110101 1111110001 101101 01011101 1111010100 110101001 010111 0011110001 1101010101 10010011 1111000 11110111 11110101 0101110111 0101010011 0101010111 10010101 1101010111 11111111001 00110111 1001010001 11010101 01000100101 0101010001 01010010101 01010111 1101110101 111111 11011111 10001100 1111110001 101101011 100101 11110101 11110101011 0101010111 01000010110 0111010101 011111 1110010100 01001111 11010111 1101010111 111101 01010111 11111100101
  • Amount of stanzas: 6
  • Average number of symbols per stanza: 763
  • Average number of words per stanza: 135
  • Amount of lines: 120
  • Average number of symbols per line: 37 (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; and, to, of, or, let are repeated.

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

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