This is an analysis of the poem Hero And Leander. The Fourth Sestiad that begins with:

Now from Leander's place she rose, and found
Her hair and rent robe scatter'd on the ground;... full text

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  • Rhyme scheme: aabbcdeeffghddggiiaajjfXddkkhhlbXcdffccaaaaghmmcccdffjjbliiXaeelbkkcciieeffaaddlbhheekkddaaiiffeeggnnaaoXhhccddaaeeblnnddcdaappaaccdciiaahhiieeccllXccciiaaghkkXXcciiooccffggiiXcllblppiiiidXkkhhiXkkcceeiieeaaggeeddddddhhbbeehhXXccddeecddXghggeehhppddppeeXd
  • Stanza lengths (in strings): 350,
  • Closest metre: iambic pentameter
  • –°losest rhyme: couplets
  • –°losest stanza type: tercets
  • Guessed form: heroic couplets
  • Metre: 101011111 0111110101 11011100101 0111010101 11101010101 1111000100 00110101001 110001110 10110111010 010100101010 11110011010 11100111101 1111100101 1100010101 01010011110 11011101010 0101100101 0100011001 0011110101 1111100001 1101110101 1001110101 1101110111 101010111011 010101101 10110001001 0111101101 1110101101 11001110101 1101000101 10010110010 0111011011 1110011100 1111010101 0111101101 1011110101 1001110101 0110110101 01110100101 1101101101 1001010101 1100010001 1111010001 11110101010 0101110101 1101111101 1101111001 001100101 1101011101 1111110101 1101010101 1011110101 0101011101 1011010101 1100111001 11011111001 1101011100 1111100101 1111010111 111111010010 11011011010 1101111101 1111111101 0111110100 1111110001 1101010101 1111011011 10011100101 01001011100 01001110110 111100111010 1101010101 0101100111 10110111001 1101010101 0001011101 0101110101 0101000101 1100010101 01010001010 1001101101 1111011101 1101111111 0111110101 100101010 1111110101 0101000101 0101110111 10101000101 1101100101 1001011111 1011000111 1111100001 1011010101 1011000101 0101010001 1001010010 1101010110 1101011100 0101011111 1101010101 1111011101 01011100001 1001010001 1101000100 1101011101 1101010101 11001000101 11001010100 0111110101 1101010100 1111111111 011111111 0111011111 1111110101 0101001101 0111010100 1111010111 10110111010 010100111110 10001110010 0111010101 1101101101 100011101010 11010101110 1111110101 1101110101 01010111101 1101011111 1110011101 1111010100 1101101001 1101000101 1011010101 1011010111 0101011111 0100011101 01010101011 101111101 1101010101 1101010100 010101010 1011000101 1101011101 11010101010 10010011010 1011110100 101000101100 0100101010 011010101 1101000101 1001011100 10111010100 0011010101 11001010001 11010101010 0101011111 01010100011 1101010100 0101010101 0101011000 1111010111 01010101101 1001010111 0101001111 0101001101 1101010101 11001110101 010111101 0111011111 1001110101 01110101010 11110011010 0001110101 1101010001 1001010100 11010001001 1001010100 0101010100 0100010110 1001001100 1001100101 1101001101 1001001101 0101001101 1101011111 0110010101 1001111011 1001011100 1101111100 10101011001 11000011111 1111001101 1111010111 111101010 1110111101 11011110111 1011000100 1010011110 0101011101 1111111101 11001110011 1101111101 1111010101 1001010101 10001010111 10011010101 11111100010 11110101010 1101010011 1011110110 11010111110 1010101110010 01110011101 11100010101 10110111110 11010100010 1101011001 01010101001 1011110101 11010101001 11010101110 01010101010 101011101101 0101010101 1100010100 01110101010 1111010100 1001010101 0011010101 101011101 111100101 1101011101 0100010101 1111010101 111011100 0101010100 10010110100 110111111 01110101010 11010111010 1101001010 010111001010 0011010111 11011011101 1101010101 1111001101 1101011001 0111000101 1111011101 1101011101 0100110101 10011100011 1011011100 11011101001 1111010101 1111110111 1111111110 01010111010 1101000101 1101111111 1101010111 1001110101 00110000101 0101000111 1101001111 011101000 1111011101 010111100 10010011101 1011000101 111011101 0101011101 0101010101 1011111111 1100111101 11110010101 1101111101 0101110100 1101111001 10101011101 1011111110 1101101100 0001011001 0111010101 1011110001 01110110101 110111011 1011010111 10110100010 11011111110 1001111110 0101010101 1101011011 1101010101 0110010101 1001010111 1001011101 110101011 010101100 11010100100 1110011100 0101011101 1101100011 0111000101 01011101001 0101001101 1101110101 0011111101 1101100101 01111100101 0001110101 0110000111 1011010111 1010 11010101010 11110110001 0001010001 11010101010 11010101010 11011100001 1001010111 1101011101 1111010111 1011010111 1011110101 0110010101 11001100101 1101111111 0101011101 1111010101 1111011111 1101110111 1011100101 0111110001 0111010100 10010010101 1001011101 11011010001 1011111101 1101010101 1011010101 010010100101 0111010111 0110110101 101010101 1111010101 0111110101 11110100101 1111111111
  • Amount of stanzas: 1
  • Average number of symbols per stanza: 15431
  • Average number of words per stanza: 2764
  • Amount of lines: 350
  • Average number of symbols per line: 43 (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; her, in, as, to, she, his, and, of, their, through, with, it, would, thy, that are repeated.

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

    There is a poetic device epiphora at the end of some neighboring lines them, it, her are repeated).

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