This is an analysis of the poem The Viceroy. A Ballad. that begins with:

Tune - 'Lady Isabella's Tragedy.' or 'The Stepmother's cruelty.'
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  • Rhyme scheme: X abab ccXc dXde fXfg dchc bgXg fcfc ieie jXjf XkXk ljlj ckck bdbd idid bdbXX idid deeded bibX deXe cicX fmfm eiei lblb XcXc dbdb Xele fdXd gggg mimi ghjX fbfb fnfn ffff gbgb hodo gege jfjf fifi fifi ifif hbhb ekek bjbj fifi ibib dndX baba fdfh fifX elel
  • Stanza lengths (in strings): 1,4,4,4,4,4,4,4,4,4,4,4,4,4,4,5,4,6,4,4,4,4,4,4,4,4,4,4,4,4,4,4,4,4,4,4,4,4,4,4,4,4,4,4,4,4,4,4,4,4,4,4,3,1,4,9,
  • Closest metre: iambic trimeter
  • –°losest rhyme: alternate rhyme
  • –°losest stanza type: tercets
  • Guessed form: unknown form
  • Metre: 11010001001110010 01010101 110101 011100101 100101 11011111 110111 111101010 110101 11110011 110010 01011111 110101 100100101 111100 11010111 110101 01000101 111101 011100100 011001 11010101 000101 11010110 011101 01000101 010101 11011001 110101 01110101 010011 01101101 111101 110001001 01001100 11000101 111101 11100011 110111 0100010 1010101 11010101 100111 11000101 110101 11010101 011100 11011111 110101 01011001 110011 11010101 110101 11010011 110101 01011101 110111 11110101 111111 11111101 0101 1 10110111 110101 01010101 010101 11 11 0110 10110 11010101 110110 11011011 010001 10010111 1101100 00010101 010101 10110110 110011 11010101 011101 110101001 110011 01111101 010011 11011111 111001 11010101 101101 011111001 010101 01110101 011101 110101011 010111 110111000 010101 01011100 110101 11000101 010101 00111101 010001 11000110 111100 00010101 110101 11010111 111111 010011110 111111 10010101 010111 110011100 1111001 01001101 100100 01010101 010110 110100001 110100 01011101 111100 01010111 101001 11011101 110111 01011101 011101 11010101 110101 01000101 111101 110001001 111011 11010111 111101 110100101 010111 11000100 110101 11011110 010101 100111111 110101 11010101 101101 11011101 010001 11010011 110111 11010101 110111 01011111 110111 11010001 010101 00010101 010101 11011101 110100 01001001 011101 11010100 010101 11010100 110101 10010101 010111 11001101 110101 110100101 1110101 01010111 110101 11110101 0101101 01011101 111101 110101001 011101 01011100 10111 10001101 111101 10110111 1100011 010011101 110101 11010111 101101 110010111 010101 11110101 111100 11110111 1110111 11011111 110110 10111101 100111 101101001 110111 11111001 111101 01011101 111101 11110111 110100 11011111 101010 11011111 010101 11100101 111001 10010111 0100101 10110101 111001 00111101 1111010 01101101 1110010
  • Amount of stanzas: 57
  • Average number of symbols per stanza: 118
  • Average number of words per stanza: 21
  • Amount of lines: 226
  • Average number of symbols per line: 29 (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; he, or, him, to, anna, they, her are repeated.

    The poet used anaphora at the beginnings of some neighboring lines. The same words he, with, she, in, well are repeated.

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

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  • summary of The Viceroy. A Ballad.;
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