This is an analysis of the poem Ballade 2 that begins with:

In Antwerp, Bruges, Ostend and Ghent
I used to order food with flair,...

Elements of the verse: questions and answers

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  • Rhyme scheme: ababcdcD ebeXfdfd agagadaD XdXD
  • Stanza lengths (in strings): 8,8,8,4,
  • Closest metre: iambic tetrameter
  • –°losest rhyme: alternate rhyme
  • –°losest stanza type: tercets
  • Guessed form: ballad stanza
  • Metre: 010101011 11010101 1010010111 11111011 010011101 010101010 01101101 11101010 11010111 1110101 1111011 111111111 110111010 010111010 011100110 111101010 110111010 11000101 10101110 01000111 11000101 011111010 01111111 11101010 1010111 110101010 11111101 11101010
  • Amount of stanzas: 2
  • Average number of symbols per stanza: 736
  • Average number of words per stanza: 92
  • Amount of lines: 31
  • Average number of symbols per line: 47 (strings are more long than medium ones)
  • Average number of words per line: 6
  • Mood of the speaker:

    The punctuation marks are various. Neither mark predominates.

  • The author used lexical repetitions to emphasize a significant image; with is repeated.

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

    The poet repeated the same word mustard at the end of some neighboring stanzas. The poetic device is a kind of epiphora.

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  • summary of Ballade 2;
  • central theme;
  • idea of the verse;
  • history of its creation;
  • critical appreciation.

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