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Fragments of a Lay Sung in the Forum on the Day Whereon Lucius Sextius Sextinus Lateranus and Caius Licinius Calvus Stolo Were Elected Tribunes of... full text

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  • Rhyme scheme: X aabbccccdd Xeffbbgghhddiiffdd ddJjcckklleeiiee mmnnkkjjJjddXgeeeehhffffaaccffeeoX jjeeccffeekkbb hhffooccggffjjddXbkkggccccbbbbeeeennhheeffpphhffjjbX ffffccggddbbcchhcchhjjddeennaaiXff qqggXcffaa ccddcccXddee fXggeejj ffcCccbbdXffllkkcceecChhddhXmm
  • Stanza lengths (in strings): 1,10,18,16,34,14,52,34,10,12,8,78,
  • Closest metre: iambic pentameter
  • –°losest rhyme: couplets
  • –°losest stanza type: sonnet
  • Guessed form: heroic couplets
  • Metre: 100011001010110101010010001110010100010100001001100100101 1010010010111 11101100111111 1101011111101 01011111011111 0011010010101 0101010110101 1001010100101 0101010010111 1111011111101 11000110011010111 01010110111100 101010110100101 11010101110001 1101011110101 01010111110101 010010101111101 11011101110101 110111001110101 1111010110101 00111101010101 011101010010101 101100101110111 110111110010101 11011101111001 10011010010101 100110100010101 100110101010111 110001101110100 11111101001101 11010101011111 001100011010101 11110001110111 1111010110001 01111111011101 11010111111101 11010001100011 1101010110001 11101001100111 01011101111101 001001101010101 11010111110111 110001001001001 1101010110101 01010101011101 1001010010101 010100101101101 0101010010101 0101010110101 10111100101110 110100100101110 1101010110001 1111010010101 001100011010101 11110001110111 1101010010101 11110101101101 110101011111100 11010101001101 110100101010111 11010101110101 1101010110101 11010111011101 0101010001101 110001011000101 1011100100111 1100010010001 1101110111111 11110101111111 101110110101 01011101110101 1111011110111 1111010111111 101110111100111 01001101111101 1001010010111 11001111010111 111101001101010 111101010101010 1101010111101 110101010011001 1111110010101 1101110110111 1111100110101 11010011010101 1101010011101 11101001111111 1101010011001 11011101110101 11011101100101 10110010110111 1100010101111 11110101110101 1111010111101 0101100100101 10010111100101 10101101110101 100111110100110 100100111001010 10111101110101 11111111100101 1111010110100 110110111000101 0111110110111 11010101101001 1101010111101 11010100010101 1111011110101 10110100110001 01110100111010 11110101110111 1100010100101 11010101110101 11011011110110 101111011110101 1101010110101 01010101011101 1111110110101 11110001110111 1101010111111 11110101010001 1111010111101 1111001010101 11011010110111 11011111111111 11001010110101 10111111101101 1101011110101 11101101111101 111101011010001 0101110110101 10111111011101 101111010101001 10010010111101 1101010110101 1101010010101 0111010010101 01010111101101 010111011010111 11010101010101 11011110110001 1101001010001 11010101010101 11110101110101 1111011101101010 10100101010101 01010101110111 1011111100101 11001100100101 11010101110101 10010101110001 110111011010101 100111111001111 1111110111010 01111111110101 1111011111101 1111011111111 1111010011101 11111101111111 1111110111101 1101110110011 11011111111101 11010111110101 01110100010101 01110101010101 11010011110101 11010011010001 01011111010101 1101111110100101 01011101110101 11010001110101 11011001111111 11010111010001 1101010110111 11111101111101 11110111111111 11111101101111 01110101110001 10011101101111 1101010110111 1101010110101 1001010110111 01100100101001 1001010101110 1101011110101 11011101011101 11111101110101 01111111110101 10111101100101 110100111110111 110111010010001 101111011001001 11010101110111 11000101100001 10111101110111 110110100111111 1111010011010010 11010001111101 11111101010101 110110101110111 11010101100101 11110100110111 11010100011101 1101010111100 11010101110111 11100101010101 10010101110111 1111010100101 111010101111101 100101011001001 111101010110001 1101010100101 0010010110001 11011100100101 11011000110101 0101010010100111 100100111110101 11110111110011 11010101110110 0101110111101 1011010100101 101011101011101 10100111110101 11010111110111 10011101110001 11111111010101 1001010110101 0101010010111 01010101010101 1101010110101 0010010110001 11011111110111 1101010110101 11010111010101 11011011110111 11100101110011 0101010110101 110100101101101 11110001111101 1101010110101 11111111111101 11111101111101 100011100100101 1101111110101 1011110110101 101101001111001 110101001101111 10110111110101 10110111110101 110100010101 01010101011101 01010101111101 11110101010101 11010100100101 11010101110111 0100101010101010 010011101110111 01010110110101 01010101010101 10110010100101 11111111110111 1111010110101 11111101110101 1101010111001 1101010110101 11111101000101 11010111010101 11010101110101 01010111111101 110111111100101 11010111111101 1101111111101 11100101011111 1101010110101 100101100100101 1011110010101 1101010011101 110011110101 10110111010101 11110001110101 11111101110111 0111111011101 11010111110101 1101010111001 01110111011101 110100111110110 11111101111101
  • Amount of stanzas: 14
  • Average number of symbols per stanza: 1281
  • Average number of words per stanza: 233
  • Amount of lines: 290
  • Average number of symbols per line: 61 (very long strings)
  • Average number of words per line: 11
  • Mood of the speaker:

    The punctuation marks are various. Neither mark predominates.

  • The author used lexical repetitions to emphasize a significant image; of, his, her, and, she, with, all, this, for, they, no, still, keep, your, cruel, who, their, to, i, how, my, thy, or, some, by, in, thrice, great are repeated.

    The poet used anaphora at the beginnings of some neighboring lines. The same words such, where'er, and, he, for, shall, oh, they, no, still, who, the, some, a, when are repeated.

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

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