This is an analysis of the poem Canzone XVI that begins with:

O my own Italy! though words are vain
The mortal wounds to close,...

Elements of the verse: questions and answers

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  • Rhyme scheme: abaacdd eefghfXgi icjjic kjkjccXa cajbjllbimmiiiii iicicijnXn jjlmmom dphpgddjiXi nnbiib jjiigg jjppjjjjnn mmdaadaaghidXo ggXbbfbbjjbb X mccmgaag llaaaaqcceqe
  • Stanza lengths (in strings): 7,9,6,8,16,10,7,11,6,6,10,14,12,1,8,12,
  • Closest metre: iambic tetrameter
  • –°losest rhyme: alternate rhyme
  • –°losest stanza type: sonnet
  • Guessed form: ballad stanza
  • Metre: 1111001111 010101 10001110101 110111 011101 1101111101 10011011101 100101011001 111111 0101010011 1110110111 110100 0111010111 10111101010 110011 111101110111 1011010101 001101 0111110111 1101010101 101101 1101001001 011101 1111011111 1111010101 111101 1101011011 11001010011 110110 100110010101 010111 111101111101 10110100011 101111 0101001101 1101010011 010100 0011010101 010111 0101110101 1111001101 111101 1001011111 111101 1001101 1111110011 1111010101 0011011001001 1111111011 11010001 1111010111 1111111101 1010101 0101110101 111110 0101010101 1101110111 0010100 0101010101 011101 100111 100110011110 011111 110101110101 1111011111 0100100 11010010101 1111010101 1101010101 110101 1111001 1111110111 010101110111 110101 0111010011 110101 01011101101 1001001 110101 1101111101 1010011111 110101 1111011101 1010110101 11001001 0111011101 110101 1101000101 110101 1101010101 101101 1011000101 011101 11110100101 110101 0101011100101 1101110101 110101 10101110101 1101010111 0110001 11001010111 110101 1001010111 10100010111 111100 1101011101 0111110101 010101 01010101010 111101 1001011000101 1101001101 110101 1101001101 110101 1100110101 100101 110101 01010010101 1011111101 1111110111011 1 1111110101 1111010100 1101010101 110111001 1101010101 10110101 11010010101 110101 110101 1101001101 1111011101 11011101 11110101 11010010101 1101101001 10011111 11000101 11011011 11010111101 11000101
  • Amount of stanzas: 16
  • Average number of symbols per stanza: 338
  • Average number of words per stanza: 60
  • Amount of lines: 143
  • Average number of symbols per line: 37 (medium-length strings)
  • Average number of words per line: 7
  • Mood of the speaker:

    There are many exclamation marks in the poem. The speaker is excited. He or she has strong feelings on the subject that is described in the poem.

  • The author used lexical repetitions to emphasize a significant image; ye, our, not, peace, and, that are repeated.

    The poet used anaphora at the beginnings of some neighboring lines. The same words nor, thus, see, some are repeated.

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  • summary of Canzone XVI;
  • central theme;
  • idea of the verse;
  • history of its creation;
  • critical appreciation.

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