This is an analysis of the poem The Marriage Of Sir Gawaine that begins with:

King Arthur lives in merry Carleile,
And seemely is to see;... full text

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  • Rhyme scheme: XaXX XXXX bXXX bcXc XaXa defe agXX hXXX Xaia XeXe XgXg XXXX XgX X XXhX bXXX Xaca cAXa dXXe XahX bXiX bXXX bjXX ebXX XXXa XkdX XXcX Xaha XXXX cAXa accX jaba XhXh XXcX daja Xcec ebXX gXke Xefe XXXh
  • Stanza lengths (in strings): 4,4,4,4,4,4,4,4,4,4,4,4,3,1,4,4,4,4,4,4,4,4,4,4,4,4,4,4,4,4,4,4,4,4,4,4,4,4,4,4,
  • Closest metre: iambic trimeter
  • –°losest rhyme: no rhyme
  • –°losest stanza type: tercets
  • Guessed form: unknown form
  • Metre: 110101010 1100001 11011100 111101 11011100 111101 110100111 101111 01001101 011101 01011001 111111 11100101 111101 0101011 110101 0101111 110101 01100101 1111111 11100101 101111 1110100 110101 1101111 111101 10111001 100010 11010101 11011001 11011101 101111 0111111 110101 10011111 11011 1111111 110111 11111101 011011 111011 111111 1111111 111111 11111000 110111 1111111 110101 11110110 100101 10111111 11101100 11011101 1101001 11011101 110101 1111101 110101 010100111 110101 1111111 111101 11011111 1101011 01110101 110111 10100110 0101101 11111100 110110 0011010110 111101 11011101 110101 110100101 111110 11111111 100110 11001101 111110 11110111 110111 1111110 11011 01011101 110001 11011101 1101001 110111001 11011 10111011 110110 0111111 01111 11111001 111101 010110110 010011 0111111 111101 01010101 01111 1111101 110110 1111011 111101 11110111 110101 01111111 111011 11111110 101111 11100101 110111 11010101 111101 11010101 110101 0101011 11111 10101111 101101 1111111 11011 11111 111111 11110011 110101 11010101 111111 11110101 100101 11110111 110101 10011111 111101 1111111 111111 11110111 010011 011111001 11011 10111011 11011 1101100111 001110 111110011 111111 1110110 010101 11110110 1101001 11101110 0101101 1110111111 0011001
  • Amount of stanzas: 40
  • Average number of symbols per stanza: 125
  • Average number of words per stanza: 24
  • Amount of lines: 156
  • Average number of symbols per line: 31 (strings are less long than medium ones)
  • Average number of words per line: 6
  • Mood of the speaker:

    The punctuation marks are various. Neither mark predominates.

  • The author used lexical repetitions to emphasize a significant image; and, boone, my, yield, thee, his, some, her, to, thou, thy, i are repeated.

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

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

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