This is an analysis of the poem The Olive Branch that begins with:

A dove flew with an Olive Branch;
It crossed the sea and reached the shore, ... full text

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  • Rhyme scheme: abab cdXd eXef cfcf eeee ghgh Xbeb ijij ikik hlhl mXmh Xnen eded eeeX dmdm ghgh oooo dhdh klkl eXei meme ckXk ikik amam fnfn ihih ckck hhhh bmbm papa
  • 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,
  • Closest metre: iambic tetrameter
  • –°losest rhyme: alternate rhyme
  • –°losest stanza type: sonnet
  • Guessed form: ballad stanza
  • Metre: 01101101 01011101 11010101 11010101 11010101 01011101 110101010 111101001 01010101 01010100 01010001 01110001 11000101 11011101 01010101 001101001 11110101 1100011001 11010101 11010101 01000101 01010101 11011001 11011001 010100100 11010101 01010111 11010101 001101001 110101010 01010101 010101010 11010101 11011101 11010101 11010101 11011111 11000101 11010001 11101011 11001101 1100001010 11010111 01010101 100101010 11010111 11011101 11110101 11010101 11000111 11010111 01000101 11001101 11011101 11000101 11111101 11010001 01011101 11010101 11110001 11010101 01111101 11010111 11100001 11010101 110101001 01010101 01010101 00010101 01000101 01011101 01010101 00011101 11010101 110100111 01010010 000101001 110100111 11010111 010001111 11110101 01010101 11010101 01010001 010101001 11010111 01000101 010000101 01010101 11010101 11001101 11010101 11010101 11000101 101111001 01010001 110111001 11010101 1100100101 01010001 11010101 11010101 01000101 11010101 11000101 01011101 01010101 01010101 110100101 010100101 01000101 110101001 11011101 11010111 11010101 11010101 11110101 11010101 110010101 110011101
  • Amount of stanzas: 30
  • Average number of symbols per stanza: 143
  • Average number of words per stanza: 25
  • Amount of lines: 120
  • Average number of symbols per line: 35 (medium-length strings)
  • Average number of words per line: 6
  • Mood of the speaker:

    The punctuation marks are various. Neither mark predominates.

  • The author used lexical repetitions to emphasize a significant image; her, to, and, of are repeated.

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

    The author used the same words and, 'tis, it, the at the beginnings of some neighboring stanzas. The figure of speech is a kind of anaphora.

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