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

He is come from the land of the sword and shrine,
From the sainted battles of Palestine;... full text

Elements of the verse: questions and answers

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  • Rhyme scheme: aabbccddeX bbaaffccbb cXgghhaaaaaaiibbjjccddjX aabbkk aaffXe
  • Stanza lengths (in strings): 10,10,24,6,6,
  • Closest metre: iambic pentameter
  • –°losest rhyme: couplets
  • –°losest stanza type: sonnet
  • Guessed form: heroic couplets
  • Metre: 10100100111 0010100101 0111100101 10100111101 010011110 10111101001 1110101001 011100101 0110101101 1011110111110 111101111 101101101101 010110101 101110101 101110101 101001100101 1100110101 1101001001 1100100101 11101001101 1110111101 00100100100 1101001111 1100100101 11101001010 11101111110 111001011001 10100110111 01001001001 10110111101 0110111001 1110110101 1101100100 1011101111 1111001111 0100101101 110101001 0011110101 0100101001 1111001101 110101101 0101111101 1100100101 101101010000 110100101 101001001001 1101010111 01011111011 1111111101 01010111 0101000101 010100101 0011101101 1010100101 1010010111010 110110011001
  • Amount of stanzas: 5
  • Average number of symbols per stanza: 496
  • Average number of words per stanza: 98
  • Amount of lines: 56
  • Average number of symbols per line: 43 (strings are more long than medium ones)
  • Average number of words per line: 9
  • Mood of the speaker:

    The punctuation marks are various. Neither mark predominates.

  • The author used lexical repetitions to emphasize a significant image; of, and, his, has, he, in, to, no, it, for are repeated.

    The poet used anaphora at the beginnings of some neighboring lines. The same word and is repeated.

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

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