This is an analysis of the poem Cassandra that begins with:

Mirth the halls of Troy was filling,
Ere its lofty ramparts fell;...

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  • Rhyme scheme: ababcdcd aeaecdcd XfgfhXhd aiaiaeaX adadXbaX XjjjeeeX akakjijX cacabebX XghgaeaX eieilmlX adadcgcX aXaXaiaX XedXnmnX aeaecjcX akakjbjX ajXjdndn
  • Stanza lengths (in strings): 8,8,8,8,8,8,8,8,8,8,8,8,8,8,8,8,
  • Closest metre: trochaic tetrameter
  • –°losest rhyme: alternate rhyme
  • –°losest stanza type: tercets
  • Guessed form: unknown form
  • Metre: 10101110 1010111 00101110 1010101 00111010 1111101 11001110 1110111 10100010 1110101 00100010 1010101 10101010 1010011 101010010 1011111 10001010 1010101 10101010 0010101 00111100 10100101 10101010 1010111 100101010 1010101 111001010 100101101 10111010 1110101 01111010 10101110 100111110 1110101 10101010 1101101 10111100 1010101 11101010 10101010 101111000 1111101 00101010 1111101 11101111 1110101 10111011 1010100 100101010 10011111 10101110 0010111 1001110110 1110101 11000010 101010010 100101110 1010100 11101010 1000111 101010010 1010101 01101110 10111010 101111010 1110001 10111110 1101101 10001010 11100011 100101010 11111100 1000101011 111011001 10111111 1100101 10101110 1110111 10101010 11101010 100011110 1011111 00101010 1110101 010101110 1010101 101110110 10101100 100101010 1010100 10101110 1010110 10101010 1011101 1001010010 10111010 10111010 10111001 10111010 01111000 00111110 1011111 101001110 101110010 10100010 1010101 10111010 11100111 11101110 1001101 111010010 11111100 101101110 1010101 10101010 1011101 11101010 10101001 11101010 00101110 10101110 1011101 00101100 1110101 10101110 1011100 110101110 1011100
  • Amount of stanzas: 16
  • Average number of symbols per stanza: 302
  • Average number of words per stanza: 45
  • Amount of lines: 128
  • Average number of symbols per line: 37 (medium-length strings)
  • 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; to, and, my, me, i are repeated.

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

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  • summary of Cassandra;
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  • history of its creation;
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