This is an analysis of the poem A Saxon Song that begins with:

Tools with the comely names,
Mattock and scythe and spade,...

Elements of the verse: questions and answers

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  • Rhyme scheme: ababb abXbb acacc XdXdd
  • Stanza lengths (in strings): 5,5,5,5,
  • Closest metre: iambic tetrameter
  • –°losest rhyme: rondeau rhyme
  • –°losest stanza type: tercets
  • Guessed form: unknown form
  • Metre: 100101 101111 111011 111001 01101101101 100101 101111 1001010 100101 01101101101 100111 111011 100101 110101 01101101101 1010110 1001001 1011110 1001101 101101101101
  • Amount of stanzas: 4
  • Average number of symbols per stanza: 161
  • Average number of words per stanza: 31
  • Amount of lines: 20
  • 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, his, man are repeated.

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  • summary of A Saxon Song;
  • central theme;
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  • history of its creation;
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