This is an analysis of the poem A Song Of Painting: To General Cao Ba that begins with:

You, General Cao Ba,
descendant of Cao Cao,...

Elements of the verse: questions and answers

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  • Rhyme scheme: Xabcdefg hijXjdiXbekkljmnenkkikgf nXbnennkelfekekeoleneebc nnkfmXbX cnelknnhXokealhfk
  • Stanza lengths (in strings): 8,24,24,8,17,
  • Closest metre: trochaic tetrameter
  • –°losest rhyme: alternate rhyme
  • –°losest stanza type: sonnet
  • Guessed form: unknown form
  • Metre: 110011 010011 111010 011100 11100101 111001 101001001 101011 010100 1110101 1100111010 01110 11110110 1111011 1011101 1111101 101001 10010100 100101001 00101001 001000101 01010010 1001011 111110 1010011010 11010 101001100 111010 01011101 1111110 1111010 10001010 0110001001 1101 10101101010 11110010 1111100011 010110010 10110101 101001001 1010001 1111011 1011011 11010011 001001110 011001 1110110010 001010 10101101 110101 0110111001 110001101 1001001001 0101001 10111111 100010010 11011111 11101 111110 100100101000 111100101 1011101 01110010 0101010 0100000110 01110010 00111010 10000101 0001101 010110 110101010 010100 1100111111 0010100 10001 110001111 111010101 01100 110101 010010
  • Amount of stanzas: 6
  • Average number of symbols per stanza: 412
  • Average number of words per stanza: 73
  • Amount of lines: 80
  • Average number of symbols per line: 30 (strings are less long than medium ones)
  • Average number of words per line: 5
  • Mood of the speaker:

    The punctuation marks are various. Neither mark predominates.

  • The author used lexical repetitions to emphasize a significant image; cao, of are repeated.

    The literary device anadiplosis is detected in two or more neighboring lines. The word/phrase horses connects the lines.

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