This is an analysis of the poem The Dream Of Roderick that begins with:

Below, the tawny Tagus swept
Past royal gardens, breathing balm;... full text

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  • Rhyme scheme: abab cdcd aeae fgfg hXhd ijij klkl agaf dddX XXdd mnmn gaga aoao dgdX Xpgp qgqg bbbb dcdX gngn mgmg gngn gmgm dmdX ndnX gagX
  • 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,
  • Closest metre: iambic tetrameter
  • –°losest rhyme: alternate rhyme
  • –°losest stanza type: tercets
  • Guessed form: ballad stanza
  • Metre: 01010101 11010101 01010111 01110111 11010001 010101101 01000101 01010101 01110101 11010101 11010001 010101001 0100111001 110001001 11010101 01100111 11011101 110101100 11011111 110111010 11110001 01011101 11010101 11010101 11010101 110101010 110101011 010101010 10111101 11000011 11011101 01110101 10010111 10010111 11111111 1110011100 110101100 101100100 10110001 11000101 110010101 11010111 11111101 11011101 11011101 01000101 11110101 01000111 10010101 11010101 010111111 101010101 11010101 101111001 11000111 11110101 10110100 11010111 01010001 110101001 11011101 01010101 10010001 01010101 11011101 01110001 01011111 11110101 11010101 1101001 010000111 01010100 01010101 11100101 1111000111 10010100 11110101 11111101 01010111 11110101 01010101 10110111 01000101 10110101 11110101 11010011 11010101 11011111 11010111 01011101 01010101 01011100 01111101 010111001 1011111 01010111 11110101 11010101 110101101 11001111
  • Amount of stanzas: 25
  • Average number of symbols per stanza: 140
  • Average number of words per stanza: 25
  • Amount of lines: 100
  • Average number of symbols per line: 34 (medium-length strings)
  • 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, her, i, of are repeated.

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

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

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

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