This is an analysis of the poem The Rhyme Of The Three Captains that begins with:

. . . At the close of a winter day,
Their anchors down, by London town, the Three Great Captains lay;... full text

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  • Rhyme scheme: aaXaXbcdXcceeffggdXdXgghhhhcciieejjXXggbbeklkhccXXeeffiidXlXaahhhhbcXffhXhXdXjXeeffhhahhdXXagegffdX
  • Stanza lengths (in strings): 99,
  • Closest metre: trochaic pentameter
  • –°losest rhyme: rima
  • –°losest stanza type: sonnet
  • Guessed form: unknown form
  • Metre: 10100101 11011101011101 111100001010101 111100101110111 11110001011010 11110001010001 101101111 10101001 1110101010100100 01011001011100101 0101001011100101 11100111011111 10101101011111101 10111111101110100111 011010010100110101 1110100100011101001 1111001011010111 1111101011110111 1110011101111100 1010100111010111 10101101000101001 11110101010101 1111001101111001 110011111111011001 111111110111011011 1110110100110101 111110010110110001 11101101011110101 11101101011111111 110011101110101 11100101110101111 1111101011011101 1111110101110111 11111111011101 11111001010100111 11101011011101001 1100001000110011 111110010010100101 1111100110110101 111110101111001 11110011010111 1110111101 110001101 1100110101 11101001 11111101001 1011111 110100110110111 10100111011111110 1110010010101001010 0101101011010111 1010111001110101 101011100010101 101111011001101101 1101001011010101 1100111100111101101 11111011111110101 1111111010011111100 11101101011111011 11011010111111110 0101001101010101 010110010111001001 1111101101111101101 11101001011101111 10100110111010110 1111101011100101 11101101011101101 1110111101 11111110 0101101111010111 11110101110001 111101110100101 111010010111001000 010101011110111 1010100011111000 11110111010101 111110010011101010 010101011110101 101110101010101010 010100101010101 0101001011110101 1111010110110101 0101001011100111 10101110111100101 11110111011110101 0111001001 10100101 111101101111101101 111101101110101001 1001001010100100 1001111011101000 1001111010111101 11111110011110101 11100100111 01001111 01011101100110101 101110010100100101 1011010101111101 11110010101101010
  • Amount of stanzas: 1
  • Average number of symbols per stanza: 6558
  • Average number of words per stanza: 1285
  • Amount of lines: 99
  • Average number of symbols per line: 65 (very long strings)
  • Average number of words per line: 13
  • Mood of the speaker:

    The punctuation marks are various. Neither mark predominates.

  • The author used lexical repetitions to emphasize a significant image; and, of, in, with, to, he, my, has, had, i, his, him, we, that, know are repeated.

    The poet used anaphora at the beginnings of some neighboring lines. The same words and, her, he, i, the, how are repeated.

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