This is an analysis of the poem The Thief And Cordelier. A Ballad that begins with:

To the tune of King John and the Abbot of Canterbury.
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  • Rhyme scheme: X aabX C ccbb C ccdd C eeXX C ccbb C bXcc C efbb C gghh C bbii C bbff C bbbb C ggjjXC
  • Stanza lengths (in strings): 1,4,1,4,1,4,1,4,1,4,1,4,1,4,1,4,1,4,1,4,1,4,1,6,
  • Closest metre: iambic pentameter
  • –°losest rhyme: rondeau rhyme
  • –°losest stanza type: sonnet
  • Guessed form: blank verse
  • Metre: 001011101001010 1110011011101 010010101001 110110110010 011011010110 10111101 11101011111 101001101110 101001101001 1111110111111 10111101 11111111011 101101101101 111011101111 11101011111 10111101 11101001011 111011001011 01011101001 11001101100 10111101 01101101001 11011101101 11001011001 11011111001 10111101 11011101101 11011011010 110110011110 1111110111110 10111101 11110110110 011011110110 001011001001 111001101101 10111101 11011011101 001011111111 10110101100010 110110011010 10111101 01011010001 111011101001 1111011010101 111001101011 10111101 0110110010001 10111101001 111101011011 11011101011 10111101 111101011101 1110110111 01101011101 101111001101 10111101 11001001011 1011101001 11111111001 111101111011 10111101
  • Amount of stanzas: 25
  • Average number of symbols per stanza: 114
  • Average number of words per stanza: 22
  • Amount of lines: 64
  • Average number of symbols per line: 44 (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, down, and, to, my, you are repeated.

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  • summary of The Thief And Cordelier. A Ballad;
  • central theme;
  • idea of the verse;
  • history of its creation;
  • critical appreciation.

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