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

I had not found the road too short,
As once I had in days of youth,... full text

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  • Rhyme scheme: AbbaabA cddccdc EffeefE GhhXghG aiiaaia jeeXbej KeekkeK iiiiiii lmmllml nnnnnnn IfXiifI niinnin BaajbaB KeekkeK affaafa daaddad iffiifi nnXnnXn cggocgc peeppep naannan IociicI XiilXiX appaapa enneene ahhaaha nffnnfnXannaana
  • Stanza lengths (in strings): 7,7,7,7,7,7,7,7,7,7,7,7,7,7,7,7,7,7,7,7,7,7,7,7,7,7,15,
  • Closest metre: iambic tetrameter
  • –°losest rhyme: enclosed rhyme
  • –°losest stanza type: tercets
  • Guessed form: unknown form
  • Metre: 11110111 11110101 01110011 11111101 11101101 11110001 11110111 01110111 11111111 11011111 11011101 01111101 11111111 01110101 01100111 01111101 11011101 110011101 11110101 11001100 01100111 011011110 11111111 01010101 01010100 011111010 01110101 011011110 11111111 11010111 011100111 11110111 11010101 11011101 11111111 11110110 11111111 11011101 11110101 01111111 10011101 11110110 11100101 11111111 11011111 11110101 01011101 01111101 11100101 11110101 11011101 11111101 10001111 11000111 10011111 11111111 11111101 11111101 01110101 11111111 10111111 01111111 10011101 11111011 111100101 01110001 11111111 10011111 11100101 11111101 11111101 01010111 01010111 01111001 11000111 0111101 11111101 11110111 10111101 01110101 01011101 11011001 11000101 01010111 11110101 11011101 11011101 11010101 01011101 01110111 11110101 11110011 01111101 11011101 11110101 01111111 01010111 11110011 11110101 01010101 11010101 01011111 110010001 11011101 11010111 11110100 01011001 01111111 11111100 11010111 11010101 11110100 11010101 011111001 011100101 11010101 01111101 01010101 11011101 11110101 01010111 110101110 01111101 01010101 110101110 111011101 11110101 11011110 11111100 11010100 11011101 01111100 11110101 11111101 11010101 01010101 10010011 11010101 11010101 11111101 111111110 11110111 110110101 111101110 111111110 01010101 111101110 011001101 01100100 11110101 01111101 11011111 11110101 011001101 10111111 11110111 11111101 11110111 11111110 11010111 111111110 11111111 11000101 01011101 01011111 01010101 11011111 11011111 11110101 10010011 11110111 111110001 100010111 11111101 11010111 11011111 11011101 01111101 110010101 10111111 11111110 11011111 01111111 11010111 11110111 11010111 11010101 11110111 01110111 11110001 11011111 11011101 10010101 11010111 11111111 11010001
  • Amount of stanzas: 28
  • Average number of symbols per stanza: 249
  • Average number of words per stanza: 49
  • Amount of lines: 196
  • Average number of symbols per line: 35 (medium-length strings)
  • Average number of words per line: 7
  • Mood of the speaker:

    The punctuation marks are various. Neither mark predominates.

  • The author used lexical repetitions to emphasize a significant image; and, that, her, my, had, i, struck, to are repeated.

    The poet used anaphora at the beginnings of some neighboring lines. The same words and, to, i, my, of, a are repeated.

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

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