This is an analysis of the poem Ave Imperatrix that begins with:

SET in this stormy Northern sea,
Queen of these restless fields of tide,... full text

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  • Rhyme scheme: abab cbcb dede fgfg hahi hfhf hhhh hdhd ejej eaei Xkbk Xfff Xege dXdf fefe fhfh aeae bfbf hehe hbhb adaj lala bfbf bfbf dbdb bbbb bfbf eieX abab bkbkXfdfd
  • Stanza lengths (in strings): 4,4,4,4,4,4,4,4,4,4,4,4,4,4,4,4,4,4,4,4,4,4,4,4,4,4,4,4,4,9,
  • Closest metre: iambic tetrameter
  • –°losest rhyme: alternate rhyme
  • –°losest stanza type: tercets
  • Guessed form: ballad stanza
  • Metre: 10010101 10110101 10111101 01110101 01010101 10010011 11010101 11110111 01010101 01110101 110101011 01000101 01010111 010010111 01010111 11010101 011100101 110100101 01000111 01010100 010101001 01010101 101101001 1001011 110111111 010110001 10010101 11010111 01110111 01111101 01010101 11010100 11011111 111111110 10011101 101101100 11010101 110001001 11110101 1110100 01010100 10011101 11011101 011100101 11010100 01010001 10110101 1101010 11110010 1101011 11011101 01010101 11010101 0101100 01001001 10111101 11111101 111101001 10111101 01011101 01010101 01010111 101100101 10010111 110011101 010010101 01011101 10111100 11011111 01010001 11010011 11011101 11010101 11110101 11111101 010100111 11110101 11000111 11010101 11010101 11010101 11000111 01000111 01110010 110011101 11000101 11011101 11111111 11111101 11010101 11010111 110010101 11011111 11110101 11111111 10110101 11111101 010100101 11111111 11110111 11011111 01110101 01001101 01110101 11011101 110111001 10111111 11000101 11010101 10110100 110111001 11011100 11110101 11011111 11011101 00010001 11110101 01110101 11010111 10111101 110100101 01011001 01010101 10110101
  • Amount of stanzas: 31
  • Average number of symbols per stanza: 186
  • Average number of words per stanza: 26
  • Amount of lines: 124
  • Average number of symbols per line: 50 (strings are more long than medium ones)
  • 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, and, o, thy are repeated.

    The poet used anaphora at the beginnings of some neighboring lines. The same words the, in, and, o, where are repeated.

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

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