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[Polyhymnia: Describing, The honourable Triumph at Tylt,
before her Maiestie, on the 17. of Nouember, last past, ... full text

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  • Rhyme scheme: XaXbac ab bdcXcbbXbeefdXXcXXd c dXXbaghciajXXdbXXa X XXjkgabXeXXbddXliXbajXXX j fbXXcXeaaXhcXXbXaa X cXhcchXehbXbaabb X mclXXbjlmaXafXabeeXXbXXXXahaih X abnXaXdXdXXaXclaeX i aXlXXacfXdXdhhXckXoeXcXlpbXX n cgicXhXdaaXXiaimlXXaXXX o bXdXoXXacdiXXf
  • Stanza lengths (in strings): 6,2,19,1,18,1,24,1,18,1,16,1,30,1,18,1,28,1,23,1,14,1,11,1,24,1,11,1,19,2,35,
  • Closest metre: iambic pentameter
  • –°losest rhyme: no rhyme
  • –°losest stanza type: sonnet
  • Guessed form: blank verse
  • Metre: 100001001001011 010110101011 1001100111010 010101100101010 01011001110101 100010100 10001000011001 100110010 111110111 0001100101 0100110001 1001010101 1101010001 11001010100 010101101 11001100101 111110001 1101001111 11010111 10001110101 0101111101 0100110010 11001101011 1001001101 1101011101 111011011 1001010011 011011001010100 101101101 100101100 11110001010 100000010101 11111010101 01010100101 1101100111 10001011100 1101100101 1101011001 10011001101 1111011111 110111010 111010001 01011100111 1001011101 01010101100 1101110011 01100111110 0101010111 110011110 111101010 1001111001 110101011 1101110101 10010010101 10010011010 1011101111 111011101 10010001001 1111110001 10010010111 100101101 10010011000 1101101011 11011101001 10011100101 1101010111 1010110001 1010100101 01001111000 11111011 1101110001 0110011011010 1001010101 1100110100 0101011111 0111100110 1011010001 010100101011 1111010111 1001010111 1101010101 1101001100 1101111011 11001110101 10101010111 110111010 110101011 01010110 1111011101 011110101 01100111101 1101011101 01010101010 011010101 0101011101 10110111001 1100010101 1100010101 1001110101 1101011111 1001011111 1010010101 11000100010 01110100101 10001101101 1001110101 11010010111 011001010111 1101010101 0110010101 1010111011 0101001011 111110101 1101001100 1101110001 100110101 111110011 1001011101 11011100101 0101101111 1111011101 1101001001 1011010111 1101010011 1101010101 011111100 011111110 10101001011 001111011 111101010 1010101 100101101 111010110 0101110101 01011101100 1101000101 101110101 1101010111 011011011110 1111110101 100010100101 11110010101 01010011001 10011011 110101010 1101010101 11101011101 1001010001 1001010111 1101010100 111110101 010111100 1001111111 1111011111 1101111101 10010100001 101101111 0110101010101010 10011010001 1111001101 1101011101 11010010101 111010101 101010101 110111001 111010101 1111111101 1001011101 1101010110 1001010010 1111111100 011100101 1101010111 1001010101 1100110101 1001011000 1011010100 1110111001 011111001 1110011101 11110100110 0101101101 1101011101 1101001001 1111111111 1111010011 0110110111001 1101100001 0101010101 11001101 1111010101 10010101010 1101010100 100101011 010100111001 0111010101 101111101 1001011010 11110001010 1001010101 1111110001 10111101 1111010101 1111110001 0100110100 01100101010 0101010001 1111111000 1011011111 1100111010 0110110111010 010101011 110101010 1101010101 11111101010 0101011100 010101110 01011100101 11011111101 0101110101 1101110101 0111001001 1101110111 11110101001 0001011001 01101101111 0111011100 10010101010 100101101010 100111011 110101111 1101011101 010101111 10010011111 1111110101 10010100101 11111110101 0110110101101010 111110111 101101001 100100100101 1101011111 0111010111 111101011 1111110110 0110100101 1101010101 1101010110 1101101010 1111111111 110110111 1001010001 1110000101 1101010011 0100101100 1100010101 11110111110 0101010101 11101011101 1110100111 1101010101 0101010101 011011011010 011100111 110011101 11111111 10001010 111010101 0101110101 1101011001 011001110 1111111001 1111111111 1101110101 011011011101 1101010101 11111001 011110100 01011101010 1101001111 0100110101 0101101101 0101101100 01010010101 1111111101 111101101110 110101101 1001111110 111111111 1111011101 100101101010 110100110 111010011001 010110001 11011000101011 0010100 1111110101 01011101101 11011001100 100110111 1110110101 011010101 110010111 0011000101 100111001 01110101 0101110111 1100101110 0111011101 0110011101 010010100101 0100110101 11010010001 11010101100 1011010101 01000101 01011101010 1101100100 1101000101 1110110100 011010100 10111101101 0101110101 1111011101 1101111111 1101010011 0111111111 11011100 0101110100 1101001110101 11101101110111
  • Amount of stanzas: 31
  • Average number of symbols per stanza: 479
  • Average number of words per stanza: 83
  • Amount of lines: 346
  • Average number of symbols per line: 42 (strings are more long than medium ones)
  • 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; of, in, and, his, he, as, meete, they, with, i, that, peace, their, to, thy are repeated.

    The poet used anaphora at the beginnings of some neighboring lines. The same words in, and, the, rich, a, of are repeated.

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

    The literary device anadiplosis is detected in two or more neighboring lines. The words/phrases greene, peace connect the lines.

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