This is an analysis of the poem Madeleine Vercheres that begins with:

I've told you many a tale, my child, of the
old heroic days... full text

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  • Rhyme scheme: abbabcX deaefghg aifijgXg aXakXXaj alclcccc mkmkaXfj blelagmg gjeXnbbb cflfblal fjjjgjiX boaofpap hkbkaejX ffgflqbC alalajfj alodbghX oiabccfc knoncjlX hCgqebjb fmXmdjcXXcclccici
  • Stanza lengths (in strings): 7,8,8,8,8,8,8,8,8,8,8,8,8,8,8,8,8,8,17,
  • Closest metre: trochaic tetrameter
  • –°losest rhyme: alternate rhyme
  • –°losest stanza type: tercets
  • Guessed form: unknown form
  • Metre: 11110011100 10101 010011100010001 0101010100 1001010 110111110101 100 10110010110 0101 110010100100 101 01001011011 101 11101110010 1101 1110101010 100101 11011101 100111 010011111 10101 101000010011 0111 1111101000 110101 00100101010 101101 11001110010 0100 10111101010 101101 1100101010 101001 01010010011 10111 11101010010 101 10100101001 111101 11001110110 0101 101110101 011101 1101111100 100100 1010010101 100101 11011010110 1111 1100111011 11101 10100111010 10111 101101110 100101 110011101 010001 1011110101 101100 111111011 01111 1111110101 001001 11110100101 101101 10111101010 110101 011011101101 11 10101111010 101101 1011010101 010111 1100101101 10111 101101001001 001 11010010100 01101100 100110100110 1011 0101101010 101111 1110110101 11100101 10101111010 1101 1101000101010 1101 100010101011 101 1101011010 110111 111111010001 10101 11010101111 0101 1110101011 0101 1100101011 101101 11001110010 0100 1110111010 10101 10100101000 10101 1101001110 1011 1010011101 100101 10111001010 100111 10100101010 100 10111010110 0101101 1011111101 101101 11110110110 0101 10110101010 10010001 0101001011110 1111 11101101111 00111 11101101011 00101 1001001011011 11 1101101011 0101 1010010100100 110 11110010010 0100 11101010011 01101 11110010111 101 1110101011 101101 1110010111 100101 10100010001000 1 010011101100 101 11100100100101 100 101100100010 101 111101001101 01 1101110001010 1 11101101110 0100101
  • Amount of stanzas: 20
  • Average number of symbols per stanza: 255
  • Average number of words per stanza: 47
  • Amount of lines: 159
  • 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; of, and, they, on, in are repeated.

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

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  • summary of Madeleine Vercheres;
  • central theme;
  • idea of the verse;
  • history of its creation;
  • critical appreciation.

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