This is an analysis of the poem The Dole Of Jarl Thorkell that begins with:

THE land was pale with famine
And racked with fever-pain;... full text

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  • Rhyme scheme: aaXa XbXb Xbab cXda cefe cXgh Xigi cjgj eaia eeke caca gXjX aXgX lege Xhdh XmXm gdgd eaga knln encn ggjX XXXf gglg aeeX aele agXg Xggg Xkek
  • Stanza lengths (in strings): 4,4,4,4,4,4,4,4,4,4,4,4,4,4,4,4,4,4,4,4,4,4,4,4,4,4,4,4,
  • Closest metre: iambic trimeter
  • –°losest rhyme: alternate rhyme
  • –°losest stanza type: tercets
  • Guessed form: unknown form
  • Metre: 0111010 110101 0101010 010101 1101010 010111 11110100 010111 1100100 111101 1101011 110101 0101110 010101 11010111 110111 10101110 1101001 1101010 1011001 10101010 101110110 10111011 1110101 0110010 010101 11101011 1010101 1101110 010101 0101010 110101 0111010 1011101 01101011 1111101 1101110 111111 0101110 111101 1101110 111111 01001110 1011101 1111011 1100111 1101010 110111 1011011 1111110 1101011 010101 0101010 1010111 10111111 110101 10110100 010111 11010001 010011 1111010 110101 0111010 110111 1101111 0101011 11011011 111101 1111010 110111 0111011 110101 1111110 111101 1101010 110101 1101111 111111 1101110 111111 101101111 010101 0111010 010101 1111110 110111 1100100 110111 1101010 101101 10111010 110111 1111010 011111 0101111 010110 1101011 110101 1111010 111111 1101110 110111 1111010 0101110 0111010 011101 101001010 110101 1101010 111111 11011101 010101
  • Amount of stanzas: 28
  • Average number of symbols per stanza: 121
  • Average number of words per stanza: 23
  • Amount of lines: 112
  • Average number of symbols per line: 30 (strings are less long than medium ones)
  • 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; and, our are repeated.

    The poet used anaphora at the beginnings of some neighboring lines. The same words the, to, and, 'the 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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