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  • Rhyme scheme: a b cccddececXbdddd X fXgghiihehejjhaaa X cddddcddkbdkddkbb X bcbbc hjhhj ldlld jejje acaaaXX a i CicicmimC CkgkgmkmC CieiemimC CXlXlmcmc a i cckkdDnbnb ddjjdDobob ffkkddkpkp X q dfdficicbbdbbdaXaf khkhffllhhaddaf ndnXdldXlXddXddd X n cfcfbbfhhfblc
  • Stanza lengths (in strings): 1,1,15,1,17,1,17,1,5,5,5,5,7,1,1,9,9,9,9,1,1,10,10,10,1,1,18,15,16,1,1,22,19,10,12,14,1,1,12,22,1,1,8,17,
  • Closest metre: iambic tetrameter
  • –°losest rhyme: alternate rhyme
  • –°losest stanza type: sonnet
  • Guessed form: ballad stanza
  • Metre: 1 11 1001010111 1101110101 1101110101 1101010101 0001011111 11001011101 0100100001 10011101 01010101 010011101000 1101 01011101 010101 110101010111 110101011101 1 1101000111 1111110001 1011010101 0101010101 111111 1100010101 1101110111 111101 0101010101 1101110111 01010010100101 01010111 010010011 1111110011 1101111101 001101011101 111111110101 1 111111 01110 0101 1100110 1101101101 111111 1111110101 11011101 1111010 010111 11001101001 110101010010 1011111101 111101 00010110110 1101110101 1011110001 1 111101 111111 11110111 01010111 011111 111101 110101 11011101 101010101 010101 010101 110111 101101001 01011101 010101 110111 110111 01010111 110010101 010101 010101 010101 11110111 01011101 11011111 11010100 10001100 1 11 0101 0101010 0101110101 01010111110 011101001101 0101010101 0101110 0101010101 110101 0101 0111010 0101010101 11111101110 111111111101 1101011101 1001110 1101101101 110101 0101 1011010 1101111011 11110101010 010100110111 1111110111 1111110 0001010111 110101 0101 1101110 1100111101 1100011111 010101010101 1001010011 1101110 1111110111 110101 1 101 100100101001001 111101111011001 11010010 10010010 1001001 0011100101 10010010 100101 1011010 1011 100100101011001 100100101001001 11110011 11110111 0001001 0011100101 101010110 1001001 1011010 1011 101101101001001 100110101001001 10011110 010110010 11010101 0011100101 1010010110 111 1011010110 1011 1 110 1101110011 1001001001 1001110011 1001111001 1001010010 1001001001 1001010010 1001110001 100101 10001 10101001 11101 10001 10101101 10001101101 101101 1010110101 101 0011011010 1001011001 1011011010 1011011101 10001 10101 10001 001101 10101 001 101 10101001001 10101001001 10101101101 10001001 10101010 10101 10101010 10100110 00101 10111010 10101 10101100 10111010 100100 10111010 00101 01101100 10101010 1011101 1010101 1 0100 1011111111 01000101 11001010001 110010101 0101000101 1100100101 1101111111 111111 1100001001 1001010111 110101 1101111100 11001110101 01010010111 010010010111 010111 010111 0111010101 1101010101 11010101001 11001010110101 110101110101 1111111101 110111 11001110101 11111101000 0111010101 1101 1101110101 1111110001 1101010101 110100010111 1011 110111101 1101011111 10010001 01010111 1101010001 10010011001 110111 111101110101 1111111111 01000101 010101 110010010101 11110101010 01011100010 1101110011 110001 111101 0100010101 10010101001 0101110101 010100100101 1111 0101 1101010101 0111010101 11011101 0101011101 0100101010001 110010101 0111010101 110010100101 110010111001 11111011 01011101 110101 01010101 010100111 010100101 11001000101 111101111101 010101 11010101 01010101 000101000011 1 10 1001110001 11010001101 0111010101 01010101001 1101001101 11110101 10010011111 101100101 1101001101 11010100100 010101110111 0101000101 11010101 01001000011 0101100101 110101001 1001010101 10000101101 01010011111 1101010101 01010100101 0101000111 1011 11011 1101010001 10010101 0101010111 110101 1100101 0101111111 1010010101 10010111 01010111010 0111011111010 1 111 101101 110001 1111000101 110111 010111 1101011111 01110101 110101000101 010111 010111 1101010111 010001 110101 0101110101 10010101 110101010101 100111 110101 0101010101 011111 010101 0100010101 11111101 110101010101
  • Amount of stanzas: 45
  • Average number of symbols per stanza: 265
  • Average number of words per stanza: 48
  • Amount of lines: 352
  • Average number of symbols per line: 33 (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, and, thou, me, of, little, forget, with, rally, follow, come, home, again, away, to, would, love, his, so are repeated.

    The poet used anaphora at the beginnings of some neighboring lines. The same words and, for, the, rally, follow are repeated.

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

    There is a poetic device epiphora at the end of some neighboring lines forget, you, thee, gold are repeated).

    The poet repeated the same word forget at the end of some neighboring stanzas. The poetic device is a kind of epiphora.

    The literary device anadiplosis is detected in two or more neighboring lines. The words/phrases forget, rally, follow connect the lines.

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