This is an analysis of the poem The Ballade Of The Incompetent Ballade-Monger that begins with:

I am not ambitious at all:
I am not a poet, I know... full text

Elements of the verse: questions and answers

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  • Rhyme scheme: ababbcXC abXbbXbC ababbcbCXbcbC
  • Stanza lengths (in strings): 8,8,13,
  • Closest metre: iambic tetrameter
  • –°losest rhyme: rondeau rhyme
  • –°losest stanza type: tercets
  • Guessed form: unknown form
  • Metre: 11101011 11101011 111101011 01011001 11001011 11110011 11001010 111111001 111001001 11101001 11111010 11101001 0101001 11101011 11101001 111111001 01001111 11001001 11101001 11101101 11101011 01001001 01011011 111111001 11111001 1110101 11011011 111111001
  • Amount of stanzas: 4
  • Average number of symbols per stanza: 225
  • Average number of words per stanza: 48
  • Amount of lines: 28
  • Average number of symbols per line: 31 (strings are less long than medium ones)
  • 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; i, to are repeated.

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

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

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