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

NO city I to Rheims would e'er prefer:
Of France the pride and honour I aver;...

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  • Rhyme scheme: XXaabbccdd eeffggeehhii jjiieeaa ffiiaaiieeaaffkkeeeeaa iilllleeff kkmmffhh jjddiiaa iieeiijjaajjffmm Xchhjjcceennii eeddbbeX iXee iicciX jjeenniijj eeffeekkoo iijjddaaiigg kkaXbbpp aaccjj eeiinn jjaaaakkiijj mmiicceeffhhaaiiddaaeeXii
  • Stanza lengths (in strings): 10,12,8,22,10,8,8,16,14,8,4,6,10,10,12,8,6,6,12,25,
  • Closest metre: iambic pentameter
  • –°losest rhyme: couplets
  • –°losest stanza type: sonnet
  • Guessed form: heroic couplets
  • Metre: 11010111001 0101110110 0101010101 1101011101 1101110101 0101010111 1111110111 1101010101 1101011011 1101110001 1111100101 0101011111 1111001111 1101010101 0101010101 0101010001 11001001101 1101011101 1101000101 1111000101 11110101111 1101110011 10001010101 1101110101 1101010111 0101011101 1101010101 1101011001 0111110011 1111010101 0101010101 1101010001 0101010101 0100011001 1111010101 0101010111 01001010101 1101010111 1001010001 0111100001 1111011101 1101001101 01111100101 1101111111 10111011101 1101011101 1110011101 1101111001 0101110101 1111010101 0101010101 1101000101 1111111101 0101110101 1011010101 1111010001 1111110101 0101010011 1111011111 1111010001 0110110101 1111010101 1101010001 1101111101 1101110001 1101010101 1101010001 1111111111 1100111111 11010100101 1101110101 0101011101 0111100101 1111100101 1101001101 1111111101 1100010101 1111011101 1110110101 0101010001 0101110011 0101011101 0101010101 1111110111 1111110101 0101110111 1101000101 0111001001 0101011111 0100010101 1101110101 1111001101 0101011101 1101011101 0101010110 1101011101 1100011101 1101110101 1101100101 1101010101 0100010111 0111011101 11110111010 11010111010 1111010001 1101010101 0111010101 1101111101 1101010111 0101010101 1101110101 1111001101 0101111111 11011001011 0101010111 01011101010 0111011101 1101100101 1101100101 0101111101 0101010101 0101010101 1101010101 1101010101 1001011111 0101000110 0101010111 1101000111 0101010101 1101110101 1110110111 1101110001 1101110101 0101110101 1101010001 0111111101 0101001101 1101010101 1101010101 0101010011 0101011101 0101010101 1100011101 0101010101 0101110101 0101110111 0111010101 0111110101 0101010111 1111111101 0101011101 0111111111 1100011101 1101011101 1101011101 1111010101 1101010101 0101010101 0101010001 1101010101 1111111111 0101010110 1101010001 0101010111 11010100101 1101010111 10011001111 1101010101 0101111111 1101010101 1101010101 1101110101 1101010101 0101010101 1101011011 1111010011 0001011101 1101010101 0111010001 1101110001 1101010101 1101111101 0111110001 1001010101 1101010101 1100010101 0101110011 1101011101 1100111001 1101010111 1111000101 1111010001 1101010101 0101001001 0101011101 1111111101 0111010001 1110111101 1101110101 0101000111 1101011111 11110101111 1111010111 0111110111 0101010101 0110111101 0101000101 0110001101 1101011111 1100010101 11001011101 1111110001 1111010001 0110010101
  • Amount of stanzas: 21
  • Average number of symbols per stanza: 448
  • Average number of words per stanza: 80
  • Amount of lines: 214
  • Average number of symbols per line: 43 (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; her, their, and, to, i, he, she, in are repeated.

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

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

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  • summary of The Rhemese;
  • central theme;
  • idea of the verse;
  • history of its creation;
  • critical appreciation.

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