This is an analysis of the poem On What Is Best that begins with:

Some celebrate the beauty
of knights, or infantry, ...

Elements of the verse: questions and answers

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  • Rhyme scheme: aaXbacXc dadaeeXe fbXbfbX
  • Stanza lengths (in strings): 8,8,7,
  • Closest metre: iambic trimeter
  • –°losest rhyme: rima
  • –°losest stanza type: tercets
  • Guessed form: unknown form
  • Metre: 1101010 011100 1100100 110101 111010 111101 1101010 011111 1100010 010100 1101010 110100 0111010 010101 0101110 110101 1110010 111101 1111110 110101 0100010 111101 1101110
  • Amount of stanzas: 3
  • Average number of symbols per stanza: 208
  • Average number of words per stanza: 35
  • Amount of lines: 23
  • Average number of symbols per line: 26 (strings are less long than medium ones)
  • Average number of words per line: 5
  • Mood of the speaker:

    The punctuation marks are various. Neither mark predominates.

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  • summary of On What Is Best;
  • central theme;
  • idea of the verse;
  • history of its creation;
  • critical appreciation.

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