This is an analysis of the poem A Hero that begins with:

Three times I had the lust to kill,
To clutch a throat so young and fair,...

Elements of the verse: questions and answers

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  • Rhyme scheme: ababcccc adaddede fafagaga
  • Stanza lengths (in strings): 8,8,8,
  • Closest metre: iambic tetrameter
  • –°losest rhyme: rima
  • –°losest stanza type: tercets
  • Guessed form: unknown form
  • Metre: 11110101 01011111 11011101 11010101 11110101 11111101 11110101 11111111 11011101 01010111 01100101 11010111 11110110 11111101 11110111 11011101 11110111 01111001 11110111 11110101 11011101 11010101 1001111 11110111
  • Amount of stanzas: 3
  • Average number of symbols per stanza: 274
  • Average number of words per stanza: 56
  • Amount of lines: 24
  • 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; yet, me, and are repeated.

    The poet used anaphora at the beginnings of some neighboring lines. The same word and is repeated.

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  • summary of A Hero;
  • central theme;
  • idea of the verse;
  • history of its creation;
  • critical appreciation.

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