This is an analysis of the poem Tristram’s End that begins with:

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  • Rhyme scheme: ababacdeefdfggffhfhihjifX kkhfhhfllhhhaXfbfmmggbkk kkkmkkkmcmmcnffffnfaX dhhdffhnlgnlglgccmmfmffffXkfofoolol XXnananknk cahahlala Xkhkhlhlh cegegckck XaiaibpXp cmqmqdmdm Xgqgqngng ckekemama Xfhfhkoko ckkkkeded Xdbdbnana caqaqahah Xehehdmdm cememhkhk Xlhl
  • Stanza lengths (in strings): 25,24,21,35,10,9,9,9,9,9,9,9,9,9,9,9,9,9,9,9,9,9,9,9,2,4,5,27,51,43,30,
  • Closest metre: iambic tetrameter
  • Сlosest rhyme: alternate rhyme
  • Сlosest stanza type: tercets
  • Guessed form: ballad stanza
  • Metre: 1 101101 100101 1001111101 110101 0111110111 1011110101 10110100111 010101 001101100111 111101 011101 0111011101 1111111101 101111 1111110011 1111111011 110101 1101111101 11111101010 1101111001 1101111100 1100010 01110011010 1101110101 100111110100 1101011101 1101110101 110111 1101100101 1000101110101 1101011101 1101111111 1111010001 1111110111 1101 0011110101 0100010110 1011011111 0111111011 1111110001 110011 1100101 110111 1111000101 1101011101 1011010101 110011 1101110101 1111011111 1101010111 1101111111 111101 11001 0111010101 0101 1101110111 11001011111 1011010101 0111010101 1101010101 100101 011111 1101011101 0100010111 110101 101111 1101000101 0111010111 1101010001 10010100101 1101010111 11011111111 1111010101 111011111 1001110101 1111010001 110101 1011010101 111111 110111 101111 0101010101 110101 010111 1100110011 110111 0100100111 0101110101 0010110011 111101 1111100111 1111010111 01011001 1111111101 0101000110 011111 111101001 010101 11010010100 11101 1111000111 011111 1010101 0010111 1 10 110001 00111 0111101111 111010 111101 111101 110111 111111 10 111011 1101 11111111111 111101 111111 011101 1010111 1011111 10 10111111 1111010101 1001111111 111101 110111 011101 110101 110111 10 10011111 1111111101 1111111101 110111 1111111 1111101 111011001 011111 10 11000101 11001111110 1111111101 1011010 1111100101 011101 101101 111111 10 10001101101 1011100111 11110111001 111111 1111111101 11111001 0101111 10101101 10 111111 111111 110011 111101 1101111101 1111111111 1101111 111101 10 101101 011101 011001 111111 1111111111 1111110101 1110100 110101 10 110011 111111 110100 111101 100111 1111011 111101 110101 10 101101 111111 10111 1111111 1101001 1111111 1011011 1111011 10 100111 111111 110111 100101 111011 111100 110111 110101 10 100111 1101101 110111 100111 111111 110111 1011001 0101001 10 110111 001111010 0101101 01001110 0100111 11011011 11011101 10100111 10 1101111 111011 111111 111101 1100101 10100111 1111101 011111 10 111111 010111 1101101 111111 10101 1100100 011101 111101 10 111011 1111111 111111 111111 111011 111111 1100111 111111101 10 110111 011101 011111 10111111 1101101 0100101 11011011 0100111 10 10101001 01101100 101111101 111101101 101111001 01111011 111011011 111101011 10 11001101 1011101 1111111 001001011 11111111 11101 1111111 110111 10 110111 111111 111101 00100101 11001110 1100111 1111110 110111 10 1011001 10 101011 0101111 110101 10 101111 1111001 0011111 111101 1 1101010101 101111 1001010111 1100110111 1101010001 101101 101101 1011000101 011101 1100101100101 110011101 010111 011111 101111 1100111101 0111010101 11011101001 1001110001 1001 1111110100 1001011001 110111 0111010101 1111110001 110101 1001010001 0011010101 1000110101 1001110101 1101 100101 1101011011 1101000101 110101001 0101111111 1111010101 100101 001100 1101110101 100001 110111 110101101101 1111000101 1111010101 10011101001 101101 1111111111 1101110101 1111011111 0111111111 1101101111 0111011111 0111111011 101001111101 1111 1111011111 1101010111 111101 0110010101 1111010101 1101110111 1111111111 110101 1111100111 011111 1111010111 1111010101 1101010011 011101 1101011101 11010111001 1100011101 110101 1111110101 1111111101 1011111101 1111110 011001110101 0111101101 111011 1101110111 0101110110 0111111111 1111010101 100110 1111010101 0101010111 010101 111101 100101 0101110001 1101001101 1111010001 111111 11011000001 1001010111 0011110011 10101 1011001101 1100101 0100010 110101 0111110101 01010 1011111111 1111011101 111101 100111 1101110100 101011010001 1101010111 1011 0111110111 1101100101 1001100101 110101 010101001011 1111010111 110101 10011100111 100101 101111 1101011001 1111111111 100111100111 1001011011 1100111 11001111001 1111110001 10001011001 010111 1001101101 1101111101 1101110111 110101 011110111 1111110101 10111101101 1101111111 1111111101 11111101101 1100010111 011110011101 1110010011 1011111011 1101111101 0101110001 0111011101 1101010111 10111010111
  • Amount of stanzas: 31
  • Average number of symbols per stanza: 493
  • Average number of words per stanza: 95
  • Amount of lines: 450
  • Average number of symbols per line: 33 (medium-length strings)
  • Average number of words per line: 7
  • Mood of the speaker:

    The punctuation marks are various. Neither mark predominates.

  • The author used lexical repetitions to emphasize a significant image; thy, her, she, not, he, his, on, love, i, that, and, to, no, in, dead, him, mine, my are repeated.

    The poet used anaphora at the beginnings of some neighboring lines. The same words he, to, o, and, tristram, not, farewell, the are repeated.

    There is a poetic device epiphora at the end of some neighboring lines dead is repeated).

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

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