This is an analysis of the poem Jabali's Reasoning And Rama's Reply that begins with:

Jabali a learned Brahman and a Sophist skilled in word,
Questioned Faith and Law and Duty, spake to young Ayodhya's lord:...

Elements of the verse: questions and answers

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  • Rhyme scheme: aa aa bb bb cc dd bb ee aa ff gg hh bb ii bb aX ii jj kk bb ii dd ii bb bb ii Xi bb bb dd bb XX
  • Stanza lengths (in strings): 2,2,2,2,2,2,2,2,2,2,2,2,2,2,2,2,2,2,2,2,2,2,2,2,2,2,2,2,2,2,2,2,
  • Closest metre: trochaic pentameter
  • –°losest rhyme: couplets
  • –°losest stanza type: tercets
  • Guessed form: unknown form
  • Metre: 10001101010101 101111101011001 1001010101111111 101010101010101 111010100011101 1001011101010101 1000101010101001 110110101101101 001111101010111 100010111010101 111111101110111 111011101011101 10010101111100111 111010101010111 1000100101010101 1110111001010101 101011101000101 111010110111101 101000101110101 1011101110010101 111110101110101 101110101110101 1011001010111001 101111101110101 101111001010101 101010101011101 101111101010101 111111101110111 101010101011101 101000011010111 101011101110101 1010101011100110 1110010101110101 1001011101010101 101010100010101 101101100010101 001010101110101 111110101101101 111011101000101 101001101010101 1011101001011101 101011101011101 101110101011101 101110101011101 1001010100010001 001100101010101 1010101011100010 1010101010101010 101110101010001 100010101111101 111110101111101 101110111010001 111011101111110 110010101011101 111110101010101 1110101010100101 1010101010111010 0110110001101010 101010101110101 101111101010111 10101010111011 111110101010101 101110101010101 101010111011110
  • Amount of stanzas: 32
  • Average number of symbols per stanza: 124
  • Average number of words per stanza: 22
  • Amount of lines: 64
  • 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; and, thy, to, their, of, truth, than, i, my are repeated.

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

    The author used the same words wherefore, dasa, pardon at the beginnings of some neighboring stanzas. The figure of speech is a kind of anaphora.

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