This is an analysis of the poem A Villonaud: Ballad Of The Gibbet that begins with:

SCENE: 'En ce bourdel ou tenons nostre estat.'
It being remembered that there were six of us with Master Villon, when...

Elements of the verse: questions and answers

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  • Rhyme scheme: X aX X bBcb aXXaaXdX bBXc adda Xdda bBXb XdXaadXX bB dX bcX
  • Stanza lengths (in strings): 1,2,1,4,8,4,4,4,4,8,2,2,3,
  • Closest metre: iambic tetrameter
  • –°losest rhyme: no rhyme
  • –°losest stanza type: tercets
  • Guessed form: unknown form
  • Metre: 11110110110 010010110101010101 1010100101110101011 110110110 110110101 011101111 11011100 1111110101 10100111 1010101 1011100 110100011 10011101 01101001100 110010111 1011100110 110110101 011101111 1101010 111101010 11010101 100111101 11110101 111111101 011100110 110110111 11110101 110010101 11100101 011101111 110101010 1110110101 10011110 10100101 111000100 1101101101 1011101001 110011101 011100100 10010111 111100101 011101111 11111111 111111100 100101111 11011100 111100110
  • Amount of stanzas: 13
  • Average number of symbols per stanza: 144
  • Average number of words per stanza: 27
  • Amount of lines: 47
  • Average number of symbols per line: 39 (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, that are repeated.

    The author used the same word drink at the beginnings of some neighboring stanzas. The figure of speech is a kind of anaphora.

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  • summary of A Villonaud: Ballad Of The Gibbet;
  • central theme;
  • idea of the verse;
  • history of its creation;
  • critical appreciation.

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