This is an analysis of the poem To Cardinal Richelieu. (From Malherbe) that begins with:

Thou mighty Prince of Church and State,
Richelieu! until the hour of death, ... full text

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  • Rhyme scheme: ababccdeedefefeeghhg
  • Stanza lengths (in strings): 20,
  • Closest metre: iambic tetrameter
  • –°losest rhyme: rima
  • –°losest stanza type: sonnet
  • Guessed form: unknown form
  • Metre: 11010111 1010101001 11011101 11101001 10111111 11010001 10010101 110010001 101110100 01010101 010101010 110101001 010101010 01010101 01010001 11010100 110000100 11111101 10100111 01010100
  • Amount of stanzas: 1
  • Average number of symbols per stanza: 683
  • Average number of words per stanza: 111
  • Amount of lines: 20
  • 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; of is repeated.

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