This is an analysis of the poem The Song Of Honour that begins with:

I climbed a hill as light fell short,
And rooks came home in scramble sort, ...

Elements of the verse: questions and answers

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  • Rhyme scheme: aaabcccbaaabddb eeDffd ghfijf cciffi eehffhdddh ccdffd ggkijkjjjk cceaXelle iiidiidmmmmmmffm eaeakka ffcfffc dddikki hhhieei mnmmmn eefccf ccccccccc idiiideeedhhhd nnjeej iidiid iiiifllf hhhdaaad kkdkXkdiiid aaniinaaaanXeeedffdmmdaadeeeeD
  • Stanza lengths (in strings): 15,6,6,6,10,6,10,9,16,7,7,7,7,6,6,9,14,6,6,8,8,11,30,
  • Closest metre: iambic tetrameter
  • –°losest rhyme: alternate rhyme
  • –°losest stanza type: tercets
  • Guessed form: ballad stanza
  • Metre: 11011111 11110101 11011111 110101 11011011 11111111 11110111 10111 01011101 110011001 110101001 011101 01110101 110111001 110101 11110111 01000101 110001 110011111 11010101 111111 01110100 10011101 111101 11111101 11010101 1111101 11110111 111100101 110001 01001101 00010111 111101 010110100 10001101 110001 11011101 11010101 111111 10001101 11010101 11010101 010111 11011111 010100101 110101 10010111 01010111 111111 110101010 010101110 010101 1101101 01011101 011111 11111101 0100111001 01010001 010101 11010101 010010101 010111 01010111 01000100 010101 01010111 01011101 110101 01010101 11110101 11111101 111101 01010101 01011101 100101 01011111 011101 01010111 01010111 01010001 110101 01010101 11011101 110101 01010110 110001 01110101 010101 01110111 11000111 010101 010101001 11011101 111111 11011111 11011111 11011101 111101 11010111 11010111 11010111 111101 10000101 11110011 111011 11011101 01111111 11011101 1101001 01010111 01010101 110101 01010111 110111 01010101 01110111 11110111 000101 11011101 010010101 110101 11000111 11110111 110101 11111101 110101 01110101 01011111 110101 11010101 11110111 110101011 110111 11010101 010111 11010101 01010101 110011101 110111 110011101 011101000 01011101 111101 110100101 11110101 11010101 010101 11011101 01110100 011001 110101001 11010001 011101 01011111 11010111 111101 11011111 11010111 100110 01011111 11000101 11010001 11010101 11001010 01011101 11010101 1111010 0100111 11010101 01011111 010111 01010111 01111111 11110101 011111 01000101 11010111 011111 01000101 0100100 01010101 0100011 01011111 010010111 11011111 110001 110111001 010011111 11001011 01011111 11010101 110001 110000101 11011101 011100101 11011101 111111 11011101 010010101 11010011 110101 10010101 11110101 011111 11011111 1111011 010111 11110111 01111100 111111 01010100 11011101 11000101 11010111 110001
  • Amount of stanzas: 24
  • Average number of symbols per stanza: 292
  • Average number of words per stanza: 55
  • Amount of lines: 215
  • Average number of symbols per line: 32 (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, of, i, there, song, for, as, in, her, amen are repeated.

    The poet used anaphora at the beginnings of some neighboring lines. The same words and, as, had, the, or, i are repeated.

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

    The literary device anadiplosis is detected in two or more neighboring lines. The words/phrases amen, i connect the lines.

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  • summary of The Song Of Honour;
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