This is an analysis of the poem The Abencerrage : Canto I. that begins with:

Lonely and still are now thy marble halls,
Thou fair Alhambra! there the feast is o'er;... full text

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  • Rhyme scheme: aXab caca aaaX dbdb eaeX fgfg hehe iijjcckkllddiiiieeffbXaaaammcXhh ddiiaacX nnddaabbii eeoocgbbaaeeggccmmiidd ppiibX hhjjcc ddeehhjjeeaammaa ddggoobbXaaaeeeeXajjbbccoojjbbkkii hhcceeaaiiddhhccgg iiiinneddeeiieeggqqllii Xbddbbbbaajjoo iiaaeeiieeccnn ddaaf
  • Stanza lengths (in strings): 4,4,4,4,4,4,4,32,8,10,22,6,6,16,34,18,23,14,14,18,30,6,8,14,30,24,8,28,8,32,24,16,
  • Closest metre: iambic pentameter
  • –°losest rhyme: couplets
  • –°losest stanza type: sonnet
  • Guessed form: heroic couplets
  • Metre: 1011111101 11010101010 1001001101 1011010011 1101010011 11010101110 0111010111 111000111010 01010100101 1101010111 11001010101 101011101000 1111011101 1111011101 1101010101 10011010001 11111100101 1101010101 1111010101 10111101000 1101111101 0101110101 0101010101 0100100101 1101110101 1111010001 1011110101 0101011101 0101010101 1101010101 1101000101 1001001101 1101011101 11110001001 10010111010 10010100010 1101110101 01110111011 11010101010 00110001010 1001111101 0111111101 1101110011 01001000101 100100101101 11010010101 1111000101 1011010101 0101010101 1011011100 0101010101 01110010101 1111010101 1101010111 1011010111 1101010101 11001010101 1011010101 110100101 11110011001 1101001101 11110010101 0011010101 0111000101 10100110111 0101011101 1101110111 1011010101 1101100101 1111010001 1101010001 1101010101 1101011101 0101010101 11010100101 1101010101 1111010101 11010100101 1101110111 101101001001 0101111011 1101010111 111 1 010101 11110101011 1101011111 1101010001 1111010101 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1111110001 11010010101 01000100010 1101011111 01110100111 0101010111 1011001101 11101011111 1101010111 1101111101 0111010001 1111100101 0101011101 1101110101 1101010111 1011111101 10011010111 11110001110 10110101010 1101011101 1101010001 1101110101 1011110101 1110010001 0101010101 1101010101 1101010101 1011000101 10011010101 1101111101 110101010101 0111010101 1011010101 1011011111 10110111001 11111111010 1101111101 1100010101 0101000101 1011010011 1001010101 1111011101 11010001001 11001110101 1001110001 1011010101 1011110101 1001110110 0101111101 11011101011 1111101101 10110111010 11011100110 11110101100 1111011101 11110100101 0101001101 0101001111 0111110001 100111101110 1101011111 1111001101 11010010001 1111010011 0111010101 1111110111 11011000101 1111010001 0101111101 1011011101 1101110001 1111001001 1101001001 01111101011 010101011001 1101111101 0111110001 1011011101 0111010001 0101010001 100101010101 1001 1 10101 1111010101 111101010010 11111101010 1101010101 1101010001 1111010101 11010100111 111100100010 111101100010 11010011101 1111001111 1101010111 1101110001 1101010010 1111001101 1111011101 1101110111 10110110101 0111110111 011101000101 0101001110 1101111101 0110011001010 101111111 1111010101 1111010101 1101110101 11100111110 01110111010 1111111111 0101011101 010101110110 1101110101 1111110001 1101111111 1101010101 1101010101 1101010101 1101011101 1111011101 1111001101 1001010101 1101110101 1001110101 0111110011 1011011101 1001010111 111101001010 1101011010010 1101110111 1111111101 10110101101 0101001111 1111110111 1111011101 1111110111 1101110001 1111011101 111100111100 0011110101 1001111101 011111001010 1101010111 0111110101 100010111001 11101101010 01011111010 0111110101 0111110111 01010011010 11011101010 11110101001 0011000101 10110100101 1001010101 1011111101 111010110101 10110111001 0011010101 0100011101 10001110001 1111110101 1101000101 11010110110 0101011111 0110001001001 0101110101 1101000111 1111010001 11111100101 1001011101 1101110101 11011010001 111101100011 11010101100 1101110111 0101110101 1001110111 11001110101 1111010101 11010010011 1111110011 01001011101 0011011111 1101110111 110010010101 1111000101 1111010101 0111111101 11001011101 10010010101 1011011110 11111100111 10110010101 11110100011 1111011101 0111011101 1001011101 0011001101 1111010001 1101000101 1101111101 1111111101 1101111101 1111010001 1011110101 1001110111 1111110001 1100110101 1111110111 1111111111
  • Amount of stanzas: 32
  • Average number of symbols per stanza: 670
  • Average number of words per stanza: 118
  • Amount of lines: 477
  • Average number of symbols per line: 44 (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; thy, so, and, of, there, by, where, in, nor, who, their, her, my, thou, to, not are repeated.

    The poet used anaphora at the beginnings of some neighboring lines. The same words the, there, and, in, o'er, no, on are repeated.

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

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

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

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  • summary of The Abencerrage : Canto I.;
  • central theme;
  • idea of the verse;
  • history of its creation;
  • critical appreciation.

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