This is an analysis of the poem Periander that begins with:

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  • Rhyme scheme: a bbcdcX X eefgfg X hhbibi X jjgaga a kXblgl a lldmdm X nnomom X XjkkkX X aamjmj g llkjkj a kkibib X mmgpgp X iimjmj X aabmbm X jjmqmq X mmoror X ffgmgm X aagjbj X mmaXab
  • Stanza lengths (in strings): 1,6,1,6,1,6,1,6,1,6,1,6,1,6,1,6,1,6,1,6,1,6,1,6,1,6,1,6,1,6,1,6,1,6,1,6,1,6,
  • Closest metre: iambic pentameter
  • –°losest rhyme: rondeau rhyme
  • –°losest stanza type: tercets
  • Guessed form: blank verse
  • Metre: 1 1101011101 0101010101 1101010111 0101010100 1101010100 1101101101 1 1011010111 0101100001 0100000101 11010101011 0101010111 1101110111 1 1001001000101 1101111001 0101010101 0001001101 1101011111 11000101101 1 0100110100 0101111100 0111001101 1101110101 1101010101 1101011111 1 0101010101 0101001100 1100010001 0101110011 101011111 0111010101 1 0101100001 0011010111 01011101010 0111111101 11010101010 0101010101 1 1100110101 0111000111 0100110101 10100010111 1101001001 1001011101 1 0101100101 0111100101 0101011111 1101010111 0100010101 0110010100 1 0111010001 0101010101 0100110111 1111110011 0101011101 1101010101 1 1110010111 1101001101 0101000111 01011100101 0101110101 0100111101 1 1110010111 1001110111 1101010101 1001010111 1100010001 1111011101 1 1100011101 1110000111 1100010101 1111110101 0110110001 10001001101 1 01000100101 11010101001 1101000101 01001100101 0111010101 0101010111 1 1101010101 1001111101 1011100100 1101110001 1111110101 1100101101 1 0101010101 0101011101 1011011111 1001010011 1101110101 1101110111 1 101000100001 0010110001 0101010101 0100010101 0111010101 1101111011 1 1111010011 1101010101 1101011111 0100110001 1100110001 1100010011 1 1101110011 0100010001 1100010101 0111010101 1101010011 0101011111 1 1111010101 1011001101 0100010111 11010111100 1101010101 1101011101
  • Amount of stanzas: 38
  • Average number of symbols per stanza: 131
  • Average number of words per stanza: 24
  • Amount of lines: 133
  • Average number of symbols per line: 37 (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; his, it, to are repeated.

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

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

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