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

Heroes of elder days! untaught to yield,
Who bled for Spain on many an ancient field;... full text

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  • Rhyme scheme: aabbaaccddeeff fggXX cceeaaggaahhiibbffjjcXjj gkbbccccllmmbbcjnnhhiiiXee aacceejX aabb iieebbXbccaajjccnnccaacciiXcggggiieeaaeeaaccbbeX ccccmXiijj gkcciXii nneeeeaahh cceeonbbcccciiccppgg ffccii aaeecc icgiaammaajXeeeiiaaiiiiaajjbbXbjcjj bbggXq eeccccccrr
  • Stanza lengths (in strings): 14,5,24,26,8,4,48,10,8,10,20,6,6,35,6,16,8,10,38,46,36,6,24,24,10,8,16,16,14,16,39,14,10,4,6,6,8,6,6,23,
  • Closest metre: iambic pentameter
  • –°losest rhyme: couplets
  • –°losest stanza type: sonnet
  • Guessed form: heroic couplets
  • Metre: 1001011001 11111101101 1101010101 1111011001 1011010001 1001100101 0101110001 00110001101 0111010001 1101001111 1101010111 1111001101 110100 101010 010011101110 1001010111 10001011111 1111011101 0101010110 10110110001 1011011101 10001010101 010010001001 1111110101 11010100101 11010010101 1011011101 1001111101 0101010001 1111010001 1011010101 11110000101 0101001001 1111010111 1101010111 110010101010 011100010010 1011010101 1011010101 10110001001 0101010110 1111010111 1011010101 1101011101 11010100100 1111010101 1111010001 0101001101 100011011001 11011010101 10110011010 1101010101 01010011101 01001111001 1101010101 1101110101 1101010001 1101010101 110110101101 1011010101 101001010101 11111101001 1101110101 1101011101 1101011101 1101010101 01111101000 0110011101 11010001001 1101010101 0011010101 0101000111 0101010001 1101011101 1101000101 1111011101 0101001000 1011110111 010100101001 1101110101 1101011111 11110010001 1111010101 110011001010 010101010010 0111011111 0111010101 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0111010101 1001010100 1101111101 0101111001 1011011101 1101010111 1101010101 1101110111 1111010101 10110011101 1101010101 1001110101 110010111010 1110111111 1101010101 11110100101 1001110101 1111010111 1001011111 11110110010 10110101101 0111110101 1011111101 1101011001 111101001001 1111011111 1101110101 1011111101 1111110101 1111010111 1001010001 110111001100 1101011111 1001110001 1111011101 1011000111 1111111111 0101110101 10110010001 0101001001 1011000101 1111111101 0101010101 1101010101 11001000101 11110101110 10010111 01011111 10010101 011111 11011011 11011111 11011111 111001111 11111111 111101 11110101 010010100 100010111 11000101 110111 1 1 110111 111100101 01010101 011011011 11011111 11010111 111101 11110001 11010111 11010101 01000100 110100001 111111 11110101 11111101 111110011 01110101 10110111 111 0 11 11101101 10010111 0110100101 1101010101 1001010001 1001111101 11011100101 110011101 11010111101 0111010101 1101010101 0111010001 11110100001 10110010101 1101010101 1111011101
  • Amount of stanzas: 41
  • Average number of symbols per stanza: 665
  • Average number of words per stanza: 118
  • Amount of lines: 639
  • Average number of symbols per line: 42 (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; your, their, in, thy, of, and, they, its, thou, her, to, he, his, by, i are repeated.

    The poet used anaphora at the beginnings of some neighboring lines. The same words and, with, the, a, of, her, he, we, their are repeated.

    There is a poetic device epiphora at the end of some neighboring lines skies, gleams are repeated).

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

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  • summary of The Abencerrage : Canto Iii.;
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