This is an analysis of the poem Gisli: The Chieftain that begins with:

To the Goddess Lada prayed
Gisli, holding high his spear... full text

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  • Rhyme scheme: abcb adad efaf Aghg Afhf ijaj Akfk Alil Aeje Aaaa AMNM bfcf mdbd ohih fdid Xpap lliX idpd hccX AMNM X ll aa bb dd oo dd hX ee mm aa cc dd dd oo bb X lXac Xllq adXh echX hqhh aqXr aaaq XdfX adiX X Ddcc Ddcc Ddkk ddcc efaX aneX X aaa ddd kkk eee
  • Stanza lengths (in strings): 4,4,4,4,4,4,4,4,4,4,4,4,4,4,4,4,4,4,4,4,1,2,2,2,2,2,2,2,2,2,2,2,2,2,2,2,1,4,4,4,4,4,4,4,4,4,1,4,4,4,4,4,4,1,3,3,3,3,3,3,3,3,3,3,3,3,3,3,3,3,3,3,3,3,3,3,3,3,3,3,3,3,3,3,3,3,3,3,3,3,3,3,3,3,3,3,3,3,3,3,3,3,3,3,3,4,4,4,4,4,
  • Closest metre: iambic tetrameter
  • –°losest rhyme: couplets
  • –°losest stanza type: tercets
  • Guessed form: unknown form
  • Metre: 0010101 1010101 10100111 1010101 1010101 10110101 0110101 1010001 1100101 1011101 1110111 10011101 0011101 1010111 1000111 1010101 00011101 1010101 10100111 1010101 1110101 1111011 1110111 1100111 0011101 1110111 1010101 1111101 0011101 1011111 1010101 100101 0011101 1011111 10101001 1110111 00011101 1010111 1010111 1010101 0011101 1110111 10100001 1010101 10001101 10000101 1010111 1011101 1010101 1111101 1110111 1010101 1101101 1110101 1010111 1111001 1111101 1111111 1110111 1011111 1110101 10101101 1011101 1010101 1010101 1010101 1010111 1000001 1100011 1011001 1011001 1000111 1011111 1011111 1010101 1011101 0011101 1110111 10100001 1010101 11 01011011001 11001011001 01011001001 01101011001 10011001101 110111101101 11001111001 01101111011 0110101011 00111011111 01001111001 01001011001 01001101111 01001101101 01011001011 01001001011 10111101011 11110111001 10101111011 11001101101 11011101011 11011001001 11110111011 11101101011 11011001101 10100111111 11011101001 101110010101 11101111001 11111101001 11 010010010 10110110 011110011 011011011 101010110 010011010 110011010 10110010 101011011 111111011 110111110 110010010 011010010 110110011 110110011 110110110 110011011 10010110 110011010 01110011 1101010011 101010010 101010010 001010010 010010110 011011010 011010111 10110010 1001111100 101110011 011010010 0011010010 100111110 100110011 110010011 110010010 010010 111 11101100101 00101 100100111 111 00000110111 10111 1101100101 111 00000111111 11011 0011010111 1111 10110101111 11111 10100100111 110110010 010010011 010110010 110011010 010110010 101110010 100110010 010010110 11 01010111 01110101 01010111 01010001 11010101 01010101 11010101 110111001 11110001 01010100 01010111 10110100 01010111 11010101 11010111 10011101 11011101 10110011 11001101 00111001 11111111 11000101 10000101 01001111 01110111 11100101 01011001 11010101 01010001 11110001 01110101 11010101 11011001 01110111 11011001 11010111 11101101 01100101 11111101 11010101 01110100 011100100 1100101 01010101 11010001 1010111 01010101 11001111 01011101 01110101 11010101 11010111 01010101 11110111 11010101 11010101 11110101 11010101 11110101 11000101 10011111 10010101 01000101 01110101 11010101 01011101 01010101 10011111 11110011 11010101 011110101 01110101 11110101 11011111 11010101 11011101 01100101 11010101 11111101 11110011 11100111 111101011 11111111 10111101 11110101 10110101 11010111 10011101 10111101 10011111 11110111 101010101 11011101 11010101 11111111 10011011 11111111 10111101 10111101 11110101 11100011 11110001 01010111 010010111 11010111 11011101 01011101 01110101 01000111 110010101 01010111 11011101 01110101 11110101 11110111 01011101 11011101 11110101 11011101 01011101 10111101 11010101 10110111 11001111 011100111 01010111 11011111 01011111 11011111 11010111 11011111 11011111 10011111 11011101 11010001 11000101 11011100 11010101 11011111 01010101 11010011 10110111 11101101 11010111 11111101 11011111 11110001 11110101 01010101 11011001 10111111 11101111 01110111 10101000100 111111 1111011101 110001 10110110101 111111 10011100111 110101 111111111100 011111 01010110111 111101 11110011101 010101 1101000101 010101 110101001101 101001 01111101110 010101
  • Amount of stanzas: 115
  • Average number of symbols per stanza: 111
  • Average number of words per stanza: 21
  • Amount of lines: 356
  • Average number of symbols per line: 35 (medium-length strings)
  • Average number of words per line: 7
  • Mood of the speaker:

    The punctuation marks are various. Neither mark predominates.

  • The author used lexical repetitions to emphasize a significant image; his, and, of, my, thy, to, black, 'i, yet, her, one, with are repeated.

    The poet used anaphora at the beginnings of some neighboring lines. The same words laughter, blew, lada, , his, it, at, black, the, a, 'i, of are repeated.

    The author used the same words to, it, bared, what, and, his, 'i, 'what 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 is repeated).

    The poet repeated the same word ' 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 dim, connect the lines.

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