This is an analysis of the poem Mercian Hymns that begins with:

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King of the perennial holly-groves, the riven sandstone: overlord of the M5: architect of the historic rampart and ditch, the citadel at...

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  • Rhyme scheme: a b b X c X a b b a b d e X e X X e X a e X c d X X d X X d f d X d d X X f X
  • Stanza lengths (in strings): 1,1,1,1,1,1,1,1,1,1,1,1,1,1,1,1,1,1,1,1,1,1,1,1,1,1,1,1,1,1,1,1,1,1,1,1,1,1,1,
  • Closest metre: trochaic pentameter
  • –°losest rhyme: rondeau rhyme
  • –°losest stanza type: sonnet
  • Guessed form: unknown form
  • Metre: 1 1000100101010111010011101000101011010111001010001011000011101011100001000101100100001001110000010101 1111101001 1 11010010101011101110111011101 1001101100111101010101100110011 1 111011001100010011001010000111101110011001010101001 111101111011111110011101111101111000010110100011 1 010010010110101101111010100111101000111 011100110011011111100101110101001 10011010100101011111011111100111011001 0011001001010110111111001000 1 10101011110100010110101111000111101 0111110110000100100100110000101100101110110010100 11011001101100111110101010111 110110111100101111010110110111010010100110 1 11011000101110110001010100100110010011110011 1000011001101010100110100101110100011010011110 1100011111000010011011011100101110001 101110001011011001101011011011000111 1 10111010101100101101011110001110100 1010010111011101101001101010111100111011111000110100110100011101010010100101 1 101000111001001001010101001011101010 01000110101010101000110001000111010010010 1001011001111100100101001001011001 10101101010110101011111001000100110100010110110 1 1111010111101101001010101101100011011010010011 110110010001010101010101001011 10110010110111110101101011001101011110001000010 1 101111010101011110 110111010110011
  • Amount of stanzas: 39
  • Average number of symbols per stanza: 120
  • Average number of words per stanza: 20
  • Amount of lines: 48
  • Average number of symbols per line: 97 (very long strings)
  • Average number of words per line: 17
  • Mood of the speaker:

    The punctuation marks are various. Neither mark predominates.

  • The author used lexical repetitions to emphasize a significant image; of, i, and, to, he, his, s are repeated.

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  • summary of Mercian Hymns;
  • central theme;
  • idea of the verse;
  • history of its creation;
  • critical appreciation.

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