This is an analysis of the poem Threnodia Augustalis: Overture - A Solemn Dirge that begins with:

SACRED TO THE MEMORY OF HER LATE ROYAL HIGHNESS
THE PRINCESS DOWAGER OF WALES.... full text

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  • Rhyme scheme: ab X bcbc aX Ddbdbefgghggh hhiiiijggjjgjgggefKJKJBBBB XKJKJ BBBB Djglgiccimmgddg llanXannoo XeeoObboO DnddbbdbfdaailiXXjjieeijjjjpp Xcceelljj Dbbnnlglgigigeellee Xee
  • Stanza lengths (in strings): 2,1,4,2,13,26,5,4,15,10,9,29,9,19,3,
  • Closest metre: iambic tetrameter
  • –°losest rhyme: alternate rhyme
  • –°losest stanza type: sonnet
  • Guessed form: ballad stanza
  • Metre: 10001000011010 01010001 111 01110101 110100101 11110101 11010101 10 111101100 110 010101110 0011001 110100110 110101 0101010001 0101011100 110111011 11010001 11010101 11111101 110100100 1111011100101 1101111101 11110001 111111110 101011101 110011111 0100010 01110111 01010101 110011101 1101010001 010111001 01011101 01011001 01010111 1111011101 1101000101 1111011111 010101010100 10101010 1010101 10101010 0010101 10101110 1010001 10111010 1010001 11011000 10101010 1010101 10101010 0010101 10101110 1010001 10111010 1010001 1010 1111010101 10010001 1011111001 010111 1001010001 0101110101 110001 1101010101 010101 010001 010101 10110 11010 110111 11011101 01001110101 11111101 11111101 10011010 0010001 01010111 110001001 1101111101 1111010111 1101100111000 11111101 11010101 01011101 10110111 11111101 110100101 01010101 10110111 110 11110110010 11010011110 11111011010 1011110100 1111010101 11111011110 11010111010 110110110100 010100010100 1101110101 10010101010 1101010111 0111010111 11010111110 0110111101 0111110100 01010101 11010101 100001 11010001 0101110101 1100101 11110100011 1101110101 1101010101 1101011011 1111111101 1101010101 110100010 1010101 10001001 1011111 0101000001 1010101 01010111 01010101 11010001 1010 1111110101 0111000101 01010101 1101110101 11110101 01010001 01010101 1101010111 1110110111 11010101 01000101 01010101 11110101 01011111 11010101 01010101 1101110101 0111011101 110100 11110101 010101001
  • Amount of stanzas: 15
  • Average number of symbols per stanza: 359
  • Average number of words per stanza: 62
  • Amount of lines: 151
  • Average number of symbols per line: 35 (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; of, when, and, to, may are repeated.

    The poet used anaphora at the beginnings of some neighboring lines. The same words the, when, may, and are repeated.

    The poet repeated the same words rage, thee at the end of some neighboring stanzas. The poetic device is a kind of epiphora.

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