This is an analysis of the poem A Preaching From A Spanish Ballad that begins with:

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Ladies who in chains of wedlock... full text

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  • Rhyme scheme: a bbXb X XcXc X defe X defe a eXde a dghg X fbib X jeXe X XjXj j ffif a keXe X Xkjk X kldl X Xefe X hjdj X jXhb X fmXd X hkhk X dnXn X XeXe X keke X emfm XXfede
  • Stanza lengths (in strings): 1,4,1,4,1,4,1,4,1,4,1,4,1,4,1,4,1,4,1,4,1,4,1,4,1,4,1,4,1,4,1,4,1,4,1,4,1,4,1,4,1,4,1,4,6,
  • Closest metre: trochaic tetrameter
  • –°losest rhyme: enclosed rhyme
  • –°losest stanza type: sonnet
  • Guessed form: unknown form
  • Metre: 1 10101011 1110101 101000110 1000101 1 10101110 1110111 10100100 1110101 1 11111110 1010101 110011010 1000101 1 10101010 1000111 10101010 0010101 1 11101010 100111110 10111010 1010101 1 10101110 1110111 10101110 1010111 1 11111010 1110111 10111110 1011011 1 11101110 0110111 100101110 1010101 1 111111100 1111111 10111010 1011011 1 11111110 1111101 0110010010 1001111 1 10101010 1011101 10101010 1010011 1 111011000 10010101 00101110 1111001 1 10101010 1000101 10001010 1010101 1 11111010 1010111 10001010 1010101 1 10100010 1010101 110111010 1010101 1 10111110 1011101 11101010 1010111 1 10101010 1010101 11101100 10010100 1 100011110 1010111 101110100 1010101 1 10111010 1011101 10101110 1110101 1 11101010 1010001 10101110 1000101 1 11111010 10101011 10101010 1110111 1 11010110 1010101 11001010 1111101 1 10100110 1000111 11001010 1010101
  • Amount of stanzas: 46
  • Average number of symbols per stanza: 67
  • Average number of words per stanza: 12
  • Amount of lines: 115
  • Average number of symbols per line: 26 (strings are less long than medium ones)
  • Average number of words per line: 5
  • Mood of the speaker:

    The punctuation marks are various. Neither mark predominates.

  • The author used lexical repetitions to emphasize a significant image; my, thy, i are repeated.

    The poet used anaphora at the beginnings of some neighboring lines. The same word prayed is repeated.

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