This is an analysis of the poem Oscar Of Alva: A Tale that begins with:

How sweetly shines through azure skies,
The lamp of heaven on Lora's shore;... full text

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  • Rhyme scheme: abab cdcd efef cgcg hihi jbjb cccc gkgk ahah ecec bibi dcdc icic fdfd Xbbb bkbk keke bkbk lklk Xlbl dXdd IMIM akak ajaj ilil dddd gfgX dgdg dgdX kaka icic nhnh coco bgbg XhXh biXX cfcf dbdb ijij dgdg dbdb bgXg icic IMIM dkdk fefe ldld dXdi aiai cgcg gigX
  • Stanza lengths (in strings): 4,4,4,4,4,4,4,4,4,4,4,4,4,4,4,4,4,4,4,4,4,4,4,4,4,4,4,4,4,4,4,4,4,4,4,4,4,4,4,4,4,4,4,4,4,4,4,4,4,4,4,4,4,4,4,4,4,4,4,4,4,4,4,4,4,4,4,4,4,4,4,4,4,4,4,4,4,9,
  • Closest metre: iambic tetrameter
  • Сlosest rhyme: alternate rhyme
  • Сlosest stanza type: tercets
  • Guessed form: ballad stanza
  • Metre: 11011101 010101101 11010101 11010111 11011101 110100101 11110101 01010101 110100101 111010101 10010101 110101001 110111101 11010101 101000101 10010101 10110101 11010101 111100001 01100101 10010101 110101101 11010101 11010101 11110101 11011101 010111101 11000101 11110111 01010101 010100101 110100101 11010101 01010101 11110101 11010101 11011101 11010101 01011101 10010101 11010101 01010101 01011101 01010101 11110111 11110101 11100101 11110101 01010101 11010101 00110101 11010111 111100101 11010101 01011101 11110101 111001110 11000101 11010111 11010101 11010101 10010101 11010111 11010111 11010101 01111101 10110101 11011001 11010101 11010111 11010101 11010101 11010101 01001101 11010001 11010101 011001010 01011101 01010101 10011101 11010101 110101010 01010101 10011001 10010101 10010101 01010101 11010101 11010111 01010101 11010101 01011101 00111101 01010101 01010101 11010101 11010111 00011101 11011101 11010101 11110101 11110101 011100101 1111011001 10010001 10010101 11010101 11010101 110101001 11111101 11010101 11000101 11111101 10011101 11011101 11110110 10010101 010101001 010101001 11010101 01010001 11010101 01110101 110111001 1110101 11011101 11010101 01011101 101111010 01010101 101111010 10010011 11110101 110100111 11111111 010101011 11110110 01111111 10111110 111010101 10111111 11010001 010101010 01111101 10010101 11110101 11010001 11011101 11110101 11011101 01111101 111101001 11010101 01110101 11010101 11010101 11010101 11010101 11011101 11010111 11110111 11011101 01011101 110010101 11010111 01011101 010101010 11111101 11011111 01010101 010101001 11010101 10010101 10010101 01010101 11010101 01010101 11010101 01011101 11110101 11011101 100101001 01011101 01111001 10011101 11010101 01010101 11110001 11010111 011101010 01010111 11100101 10010101 110100111 11010101 11010101 1110101 11110111 01010011 10110101 11010111 01110101 11110101 11110010 100101001 01110111 11011111 0111111 11010101 11011111 11001110 11010111 11010101 11010101 11011111 01010011 10011111 11110101 010111010 11110111 11010101 10110111 011100101 11010101 11111101 11010001 100110111 11110111 100110111 111101001 11010001 11110101 01010101 11110101 01011101 10010001 10110101 11010101 11110101 10010101 10010101 01010101 01100110 11110101 11011101 11011111 01010101 11110101 1111110010 11010101 1100100101 11010101 01010101 01010101 01110101 11010101 011100111 01010111 1011100111 1110100101 111100111 11010101 1111101101 110010101 01110101 01010101 10101101001 111110101 11010101 11010101 010011101 11011111 100110101 01011101 01010101 11011101 11010111 01110101 1101101 01011001 11010101 11110111 11110101 11011101 010101101 01010101 1101011 11010101 10010101 11011101 11010101 01110101 11011101 11010110 01111101 11010101 11110101 1101001001 01010111 11010101 11010101 11011101 110011101 11010101 11011101 11011111 01010101 111101001 100111111 11010101 11100101 010100111 11011101 11010101 01010101 01011101
  • Amount of stanzas: 79
  • Average number of symbols per stanza: 146
  • Average number of words per stanza: 26
  • Amount of lines: 317
  • Average number of symbols per line: 36 (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; and, not, my, his, thrice, on are repeated.

    The poet used anaphora at the beginnings of some neighboring lines. The same words they, and, hark, would, say, the, his, a are repeated.

    The author used the same word 'oh at the beginnings of some neighboring stanzas. The figure of speech is a kind of anaphora.

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