This is an analysis of the poem The Three Kings that begins with:

Three Kings came riding from far away,
Melchior and Gaspar and Baltasar;... full text

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  • Rhyme scheme: aXaab babbX cccXc dedde XcbbX fXffd ghggX efeef iiiii aXaaf jdjjd dhdXh ifiifXdadda
  • Stanza lengths (in strings): 5,5,5,5,5,5,5,5,5,5,5,5,11,
  • Closest metre: iambic pentameter
  • –°losest rhyme: rondeau rhyme
  • –°losest stanza type: tercets
  • Guessed form: blank verse
  • Metre: 111100101 0101101100 111100101 11101111111 111101001001 0111100111 110101001 0101100101 11011101011 0010100100 1101111101 110010101 110010101 011100001100 1101100101 1101110001 1010110111 1011100111 101111101 00101111111 100110101100 10101111101 110011101 1110111101 01110010010 10101010101 11011110010 110110101 1111100101 1100111101 111100100 100111101 110111100 1110110101 1111000110 1110110111 010100101 10101100110 110101101 0100101111 10111101101 1010111101 11011100111 10100110101 1100100101 110100101 0011110101 010100101 01110111 0010110101 010100100 110010101 100101001 10101101001 010010001 111100101 011110001 010100101 11010100 011010100 1010101101 1111101101 011101100 0100101011 0110110101 1011100101 0010010101 1111101001 1110101101 10101110101
  • Amount of stanzas: 14
  • Average number of symbols per stanza: 211
  • Average number of words per stanza: 39
  • Amount of lines: 70
  • 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; and, they, have, of, in are repeated.

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

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

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