This is an analysis of the poem The Last Contention that begins with:

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Young captain of a crazy bark!... full text

Elements of the verse: questions and answers

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  • Rhyme scheme: a bcbc X Xded X ffff X dgdg a dhdh a ahah X icic X hihi X jaja e keke aXdada
  • Stanza lengths (in strings): 1,4,1,4,1,4,1,4,1,4,1,4,1,4,1,4,1,4,1,4,6,
  • Closest metre: iambic tetrameter
  • –°losest rhyme: alternate rhyme
  • –°losest stanza type: sonnet
  • Guessed form: ballad stanza
  • Metre: 1 11000101 110010101 11010101 100101 1 11011101 01010101 01011111 010111 1 01011100 11010101 11110101 110111 1 11111101 010110111 10001101 110101 1 11000101 011101001 11010101 010001 1 11110111 11010101 11010101 110001 1 00010101 11011101 01010101 010101 1 01110011 11110101 11110101 110101 1 11011101 01110111 01010101 010101 1 01000101 01010101 11010101 010001 1 11111101 11010111 11010101 011101
  • Amount of stanzas: 22
  • Average number of symbols per stanza: 65
  • Average number of words per stanza: 12
  • Amount of lines: 55
  • Average number of symbols per line: 25 (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.

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  • summary of The Last Contention;
  • central theme;
  • idea of the verse;
  • history of its creation;
  • critical appreciation.

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