This is an analysis of the poem Alexander Crosses The Hellespont that begins with:

He was a little tentative
when it came to the East. ...

Elements of the verse: questions and answers

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  • Rhyme scheme: Xaba cded fXXa efXf cghg XeXX iXcX ggbX gXiX hbXX ifeX XiXX iXhX XXXc fXej XXaX cXXX jXXX ibaXjX
  • Stanza lengths (in strings): 4,4,4,4,4,4,4,4,4,4,4,4,4,4,4,4,4,4,6,
  • Closest metre: trochaic tetrameter
  • –°losest rhyme: no rhyme
  • –°losest stanza type: tercets
  • Guessed form: unknown form
  • Metre: 11010100 101001 01010100 110101 001001010 0111010 11110101 111010 1101011 1001010 1111100 11100100 01101101 110111 11010100 110101 1111010 1011001 0111000 0100101 11110100 110101 101001010 11010010 1110111 110101 111010 11010 10101010 1010101 11010101 0101010 11100001 0110100 1111010 1110100 11010100 11010100 1101100 10001100 0111110 1010101 111100111 1011000 1101010 100101 110101110 1011000 111011110 11111000 1111111 11111000 1101010 0101110 111010 0111110 10001101 101010 01010111 10111011 101010010 1101100 11010001 01010000 10101010 1010110 1101010 10100100 1101010 110100 11011100 1101100 1110001 11011 111111 10001 10111010 1101010
  • Amount of stanzas: 19
  • Average number of symbols per stanza: 117
  • Average number of words per stanza: 20
  • Amount of lines: 78
  • Average number of symbols per line: 28 (strings are less long than medium ones)
  • Average number of words per line: 5
  • Mood of the speaker:

    The punctuation marks are various. Neither mark predominates.

  • The author used lexical repetitions to emphasize a significant image; his, to, you, he, i are repeated.

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

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

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