This is an analysis of the poem Tales Of A Wayside Inn : Part 3. The Student's Tale; Emma And Eginhard that begins with:

When Alcuin taught the sons of Charlemagne,
In the free schools of Aix, how kings should reign,... full text

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  • Rhyme scheme: aabbccaaddeeeXffccgg hhXaddeX dddddd hhccii cceedXaaddhhhhggddcc jjdXcceeddiXXX iXii hhiihh hhddddccffhhkk kkbbjjddcX ffbblleeaall iiddjjllkkbbXdhh aaffaafflliijjddffggccaabbaamm aacceeXaXhcceebblX ggeeggXcddaXddjjaaaalX
  • Stanza lengths (in strings): 20,8,6,6,20,14,4,6,14,10,12,16,30,18,22,
  • Closest metre: iambic pentameter
  • –°losest rhyme: couplets
  • –°losest stanza type: sonnet
  • Guessed form: heroic couplets
  • Metre: 1101010101 0011011111 1001010001 1011010101 1101011101 0100010101 1001010001 01010011101 1001010101 100100001101 1101000101 1101110111 0101010101 1101011100 0101011111 11011100001 1101010101 01010001001 1110010001 1001110101 01011100001 1100010101 11110101100 0100011001 0111010011 1111010111 1101010001 0110110101 1001001101 01001110001 1011010101 1111110111 1101010101 1101010101 1111010101 01010101001 1001010101 1101110111 0100010101 0111110101 01001110001 0100110101 1001110100 1001000111 1101111101 01010101010 1001010001 0100010101 010100100011 1101110101 1111110101 11000010101 1110010101 0101110001 010110111 0101010101 11010010111 0101110101 1011011101 01001010111 1001000101 0101010111 1011001111 1101010100 1100010101 1111010101 1101010011 1101110011 1100010111 01010010001 1101110001 010101000010 11001110101 0100010101 1111010101 11110101100 1111010101 1101010001 1100011101 0101110001 1001110111 1011110111 0101011111 1101010111 0101010101 0101000101 0111010111 1101010101 11010001001 000101001 11010100101 11100110101 1101010101 1101000111 11010011001 010000010101 110001010110 01110101010 11111101010 100111001010 1101011111 1101110101 01110001001 1110010101 1111010111 0101110101 1100011011 0111011110 1111010101 01000011101 1010010111 0101011111 1111011101 1101011101 1101010111 1001010001 1011110101 0111001101 1110011101 1101110111 11010010001 1101011101 11001011101 0001011101 01011110101 1011110101 0111010101 1011110101 11100111010 01010101010 0101010101 1100001101 11010111100 0101110111 1111010101 01001010101 1101101111 1111110101 1111011101 1001011101 1011010111 110010110001 1011110111 01000010101 0100011101 1011100101 10010100101 10111101110 1101110111 0111010101 1111110001 0111000101 1101010101 1101010101 01001011001 1101111101 01011010111 1101010001 11010101101 0101011111 1001010101 1101010101 1110010001 1001000111 1111010101 1101001101 1101110011 1001011001 1011011101 1101010001 1101010101 0101010111 1110011111 1101010011 1001110011 0101011101 1011000101 1101001111 010100111001 0101001101 1001010101 1100110111 1011011101 1101010101 1100110001 1101010001 01001111101 1001110110 1111110111 1010100001 1110010010 1101010111 11010011111 0111010101 01110111001 01000101000 1101000101 1101010001 01110101101 0101010101 10010011001 1100110101 1001001111 0001110111 1101010111 1101011001
  • Amount of stanzas: 15
  • Average number of symbols per stanza: 586
  • Average number of words per stanza: 109
  • Amount of lines: 206
  • Average number of symbols per line: 42 (strings are more long than medium ones)
  • Average number of words per line: 8
  • Mood of the speaker:

    The punctuation marks are various. Neither mark predominates.

  • The author used lexical repetitions to emphasize a significant image; of, and, in, his, as, by, thy are repeated.

    The poet used anaphora at the beginnings of some neighboring lines. The same word and is repeated.

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

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

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