This is an analysis of the poem The Prophecy Of Capys that begins with:

A Lay Sung at the Banquet in the Capitol, on the Day Whereon Manius Curius Dentatus, a Second Time Consul, Triumphed Over King Pyrrhus and the... full text

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  • Rhyme scheme: X aXBXXXCDX Xdefedaga XdbXbhaeA XehihiaEA accjccXklgaEA agjXjXaga XfiiihbibXBXX XfiliilhlXCDX Xgmbmhiginaga fkjij aXlilldfX Xljojdaja XXbgbdbfb XgibiXhXh Xhcicgdfd XXigijgng Xdidiegig XibiXgihi Xeifijbkb XibabXglgplfl XXbibqbfc XXmgmXaja Xahgh XahjhjigiX
  • Stanza lengths (in strings): 1,9,9,9,9,13,9,13,13,13,5,9,9,9,9,9,9,9,9,9,13,9,9,5,13,9,9,9,17,13,9,21,
  • Closest metre: iambic trimeter
  • Сlosest rhyme: no rhyme
  • Сlosest stanza type: tercets
  • Guessed form: unknown form
  • Metre: 011101000100101101010100010110101011010100000100101 1 1101100 001101 1101010 1010100 1001010 110101 1100010 010001 1 0101110 0101010 10110101 0111010 01110010 011001 11010100 110101 1 11001010 110101 11001010 100101 11001011 0111001 10101110 011101 1 10110101 10110101 10110101 10110101 1011101 011101 10101110 011101 1 0101010 110101 1101010 110101 01001110 11010110 11000111 101111 10101001 111101 10101110 011101 1 1010101 110111 1001010 0111001 0111110 110101 0101010 100101 1 1011100 0100111 1001011 110101 01011010 011101 01010101 100101 0101100 001101 1101010 1010100 1 1011110 011101 1001011 110101 010111 010111 1101010 110101 0101010 110101 1100010 010001 1 1110101 110111 1110101 011111 11110010 110101 1011101 110101 1111010 11111 11110101 110111 1 1110101 111111 1111110 100111 1 0011110 100101 0101110 110011 11110111 1011110 110100101 11001010 1 111111 0011101 11010001 010001 11110010 1111001 111111001 111111 1 1111010 001001 11111101 0101001 1111010 111111 010011111 110111 1 1111110 110111 00101111 110111 111111 110111 111100111 11110111 1 1111011 111111 010010111 110111 11100110 1101010 11010011 0100110 1 1111010 0100001 01011101 100101 0111010 010101 10110100 001101 1 11101110 110111 1100110 110011 1101110 010101 11010101 010101 1 0101010 110101 1110111 100101 1101010 010111 01010011 010111 1 11101010 011101 11010111 001101 1101110 101101 111011101 1100101 1 1110011 010011 11111101 1010111 1001100 011001 10010101 110111 1001010 010101 10010101 110101 1 1100010 100101 010101001 010101 1101010 1011001 11010101 0100101 1 0111010 110101 1101100 011111 0100010 111101 101100101 110101 1 1111011 0010111 11101110 0010101 1 1111011 0100001 0111010 011101 0111010 010111 01110101 010101 11011000 110111 10101100 1100001 1 0101100 110111 01011000 111101 11000110 110101 101101 00011101 1 1010010 110111 0111110 001101 0111111 110101 01011101 110101 1 1010110 1101001 0110110 110101 11100010 1011101 1101100 010111 1 1010110 1101001 01101101 101101 0101010 100101 01110101 1111001 0101010 010101 01010101 011101 0111110 011101 11011111 1101001 1 1011010 010101 1011111 110101 1111010 010101 11001101 110111 1101010 0110101 11011001 011111 1 1111010 111101 111101001 110101 11010010 110101 10010101 010001 1 11101110 0100101 10010101 101111 1110010 010101 11010101 0111000 1001110 100111 1001010 010101 1111010 010101 11010101 010101 1101011 1100101 10111111 0101010
  • Amount of stanzas: 32
  • Average number of symbols per stanza: 283
  • Average number of words per stanza: 52
  • Amount of lines: 321
  • Average number of symbols per line: 27 (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.

  • The author used lexical repetitions to emphasize a significant image; raging, and, head, by, for, loves, third, bull are repeated.

    The poet used anaphora at the beginnings of some neighboring lines. The same words the, they, and, our, thou, thrice, who are repeated.

    The poet repeated the same word day at the end of some neighboring stanzas. The poetic device is a kind of epiphora.

    The literary device anadiplosis is detected in two or more neighboring lines. The word/phrase capys connects the lines.

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