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

There is a tradition that Essex had elicited from Queen Elizabeth a ring as a token of confidence, with the assurance that if ever he should incur...

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  • Rhyme scheme: a bcbc dbeb fbgb baba ghgh bibi agag aXaj aaaa bkbk aaga kada dldl gcgc acac jmjX baba aggg gnan jkmk gafa Xici bobo agag aXaj bfbf Xbgb Xccc jjjj bbbb lhlX haha fifi Xkak epep bibi igig kXki bqbq
  • Stanza lengths (in strings): 1,4,4,4,4,4,4,4,4,4,4,4,4,4,4,4,4,4,4,4,4,4,4,4,4,4,4,4,4,4,4,4,4,4,4,4,4,4,4,4,
  • Closest metre: iambic tetrameter
  • –°losest rhyme: alternate rhyme
  • –°losest stanza type: sonnet
  • Guessed form: ballad stanza
  • Metre: 10001011010100010100011010010000010101011010010110010100100011110101110101010001101111011011001011000100110001011101010010001110111010010010101011101011000111001010011001010111010110111000101 11010101 01111101 01010101 11010101 0111001010 11100111 01010111 11110111 11011111 01111101 11011101 11111101 11110101 11011111 11011101 11011101 11111111 11010101 11010111 11011001 11011101 01000101 11011101 11110101 11010111 11010101 11111101 11111001 11001111 00111101 10010101 01010001 11111111 11010101 01100101 11100101 11010111 00110101 01110101 010100101 111100111 01010111 01001011 11110111 11110101 01010001 011001010 01010101 101101110 01010101 111101010 0000011 10111011 11010101 11010111 01010101 11010101 010010111 11000101 11010111 11010001 01111101 11110111 11010101 11111001 01110101 11111111 11010101 01110101 11000101 01110111 11010001 101111111 01111101 11010111 11010101 01110111 01010001 11011111 101010111 110001111 11010111 11111101 1111011 01100110 11101101 01010101 11110101 11100101 101010101 11011111 11001001 01011011 11010111 01011111 11110101 11111100 01010110 01010101 11000100 11110101 01110111 01010101 110000101 11111111 11011101 11010111 01010101 01110110 01010101 01110101 110010101 111101111 01110001 11011101 11010001 11111101 11010101 01110101 10111101 11110101 10011101 11110111 111101010 111101001 11010101 11010111 01010111 110101001 01110101 01010101 01000101 011111110 01110101 011100111 10110111 11010111 010100101 010111111 10110101 11011111 01001111 01010101 01011101 10110111 11111111 11010101 110101011 11011101 01010110 01110101 11010101 11100111 11010101 11010001 11010011
  • Amount of stanzas: 40
  • Average number of symbols per stanza: 164
  • Average number of words per stanza: 30
  • Amount of lines: 158
  • Average number of symbols per line: 41 (medium-length strings)
  • 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; that, of, ring, her, should, and, earl, queen, had, to are repeated.

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

    The author used the same words 'how, 'awake at the beginnings of some neighboring stanzas. The figure of speech is a kind of anaphora.

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

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