This is an analysis of the poem A Ballad Of Gentleness that begins with:

The firste stock-father of gentleness,
What man desireth gentle for to be,... full text

Elements of the verse: questions and answers

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  • Rhyme scheme: ababcdX abacbdX XbXbcXX
  • Stanza lengths (in strings): 7,7,7,
  • Closest metre: trochaic pentameter
  • –°losest rhyme: shakespearean sonnet
  • –°losest stanza type: tercets
  • Guessed form: unknown form
  • Metre: 011100100 1110010100 11001110101 1001110101 1101010100 1100110111 111101110 011110100 1001101011 10011110 0101010100 1101110101 101101111 111101110 111010110 1111111111 0101010010 101000101 1001100100 110111111 111101110
  • Amount of stanzas: 3
  • Average number of symbols per stanza: 277
  • Average number of words per stanza: 52
  • Amount of lines: 21
  • 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; to, and, his, of, he, may are repeated.

    The poet repeated the same word diademe 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 he connects the lines.

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