This is an analysis of the poem Mu'allaqa that begins with:

A tribute
The elephant's trunk uncurling ...

Elements of the verse: questions and answers

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  • Rhyme scheme: aXbaXcd caecfg XXfdbc hXfceb ihabaX iijjjX cklbil llbdam mdebde XdXacl XlXedd aagmXe dalmcX ddaaXa XcXkkdXdkbbbm
  • Stanza lengths (in strings): 7,6,6,6,6,6,6,6,6,6,6,6,6,6,13,
  • Closest metre: iambic pentameter
  • –°losest rhyme: rondeau rhyme
  • –°losest stanza type: tercets
  • Guessed form: blank verse
  • Metre: 010 01001100 001010 001101101 1100100 01010 10011100010101010 1101110001 0111111011 11001 111100101 011100100 11100101 101101010011 10011111010111 10010010100 010100 11001101010 10010101 11011101110 1011101 11010100100010 010101000100010 010100011111 01000111011111 11110001 11111110 1111 10101 110010101 011100011001 1101110101 01010001001 0101010101 010100111010011 0110110111 1010101010101 01010101110 11010100110 11010101001 111101111 1111010101011 0100011111010101 001010111101 1010001011101001 1011010101111 101111001101 100101010010 11011101011 1011010111101100 011001010010101 010101101001 0001000110110 11010110100 101010110001 1111001100101010 0011001011010111 01010101001 01001101 1101001101010 1101010010010111 01110111101110000 0101101011 1100100110101010 10111110101 0100010110101110 1110101111111 000 110101001000 111011110111011 0101 01110010001010 10101001 1101010011011 01 111101 11011001 01001111111010 010110111111010 11001101100111 001001010101 11010000 11010011110 01110010001010 10101001100 010011111 0010010101 10001000101001 1111000010 011000010 101010001010011101 001011 11011011101110110 1010101011001 111110101001 1101010101111 11111111101
  • Amount of stanzas: 16
  • Average number of symbols per stanza: 260
  • Average number of words per stanza: 46
  • Amount of lines: 97
  • 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; it, landed, and, to, i, my, in, frangipani are repeated.

    The poet used anaphora at the beginnings of some neighboring lines. The same words a, i, the, we are repeated.

    The author used the same word i 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 isn't, france are repeated).

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