This is an analysis of the poem The Boy And The Mantle that begins with:

In the third day of May,
To Carleile did come... full text

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  • Rhyme scheme: abcX dXXX XXXb eXXX dXeX Xddf eaXX XXGf XXdX dchX XicX XheX DXcA egig cAgX XXXX XXdI DGjg ggXg dXcA gXaX XXgc DceX GcDX cAXi XXXi XXXX dIDG hXdX XXKA KXXX ecXc gcXX dXiX XXiX dXac XcXc dXXj XJJi XiCi CcXc fidi cbfX XdcX gXiX XiXX eaXa Xaic dXXX
  • Stanza lengths (in strings): 4,4,4,4,4,4,4,4,4,4,4,4,4,4,4,4,4,4,4,4,4,4,4,4,4,4,4,4,4,4,4,4,4,4,4,4,4,4,4,4,4,4,4,4,4,4,4,4,4,
  • Closest metre: iambic trimeter
  • –°losest rhyme: no rhyme
  • –°losest stanza type: tercets
  • Guessed form: unknown form
  • Metre: 001101 01001 01101 111010 011010 01110 010110 11010 110101 010101 0111010 11111 1011110 10111 10101100 110010 10111001 111101 01100110 011010 11100100 110111 11101010 10111 1011110 11101 1101101 1011010 101100111 1111101 110010011 010110 111100 0010101 0111110 111110 11110010 1111111 01001001 110111 11101 0101111 01011010 110010 0101101 11011 101101110 10110110 111010 11101 10011 0010111 110101010 11111 11010101 110111 101100001 10011 101101 11010 11101 11011 11001101 11111100 1101 1110 10010 1011 1111010 110001 1111 01101 11001 110011 11110 11111 111010 11101 10011 0010111 11111 100101 1110000101 1010001 11010010 1001 110101 10111 1111010 01111 1111110 1010101 110010011 110111 111010 11101 110011 0010111 101101 11010 1100101 00101 100101 10101 0110010 111100 111001 1110 110010 1011 1111010 110001 11011 0010111 1110110 111111 101010 11110 1111001 10011 1111001 0111010 111010 101111 0101010 1111 10010 10011 110010101 0001 111100 01011 1111010 101101 1111010 1100111 11111001 01100 10101101 0010 1110010 11001100 110101 1101001 10101011 0011001 1001101 1011 10111 110100 01011 10101 1111110 1110011 1110011 111001 111011 110111 110011 1101101 110011 111001 1111100101 1111 1111 10011 11010010 11111 110101 110010 11110 1110 1010101 010101 110011 1001 110010011 1010 0101101 01111 1111110 11011 11101 100111000 111110 11111 1111101 10001 1111010 1001111 10101 1011 011010 1001 1010101 110101
  • Amount of stanzas: 49
  • Average number of symbols per stanza: 108
  • Average number of words per stanza: 20
  • Amount of lines: 196
  • 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.

  • The author used lexical repetitions to emphasize a significant image; he, you, shee, had, while, that, i are repeated.

    The poet used anaphora at the beginnings of some neighboring lines. The same words i, have, another, he are repeated.

    The author used the same word he at the beginnings of some neighboring stanzas. The figure of speech is a kind of anaphora.

    There is a poetic device epiphora at the end of some neighboring lines bore is repeated).

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

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