This is an analysis of the poem The Defence Of Guenevere that begins with:

But, learning now that they would have her speak,
She threw her wet hair backward from her brow,... full text

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  • Rhyme scheme: aba bcb cdc ded efe gaf aea ege Xhg hhh hbh bdb dXd eXe igi GhX heh eae aja jcj ccc cgc gcg cac aba bdb dkd klk ldl ddd did igi gkg kmX mnm nXn gig igi gdX dbd bhb hih iji jmj mgm ghg hgh GhG hgh Xmf mom obX bkb kkk kgk gbg bpb pdp dgd XXg dXd jXj mdm dbd
  • Stanza lengths (in strings): 3,3,3,3,3,3,3,3,3,3,3,3,3,3,3,3,3,3,3,3,3,3,3,3,3,3,3,3,3,3,3,3,3,3,3,3,3,3,3,3,3,3,3,3,3,3,3,3,3,3,3,3,3,3,3,3,3,3,3,3,3,3,3,3,3,3,3,3,3,3,3,3,3,3,3,3,3,3,3,3,3,3,3,3,3,3,3,3,3,3,3,3,3,3,3,3,8,
  • Closest metre: iambic pentameter
  • –°losest rhyme: alternate rhyme
  • –°losest stanza type: tercets
  • Guessed form: blank verse
  • Metre: 1101111101 1101110001 0110011001 1111110101 11001001111 1101110111 1101010111 1101010001 1101110101 0111111111 10111011101 0101111111 10111011111 1111010100 0111011111 10001110101 1101011101 11010110100 11110010101 0101111101 0101111111 110110101101 1111110110 1011111111 11111110011 1111110111 1101010101 10111010011 1111101111 1111100101 10011110001 1001010101 1001010111 10101110111 1011111111 1111010001 100010011011 111010011111 0111110111 10101011111 1101011111 1011011111 10101111101 1111111101 1111011111 10000111101 1101110110 11111101110 01111110101 1101011111 1001010111 0100110101 1111011011 1011010101 1111111101 11110100101 1101011111 1111011101 1111011101 01001000101 1010010111011 0111011101 0101010101 11011010101 0101011111 10011010101 100110010101 1101010111 1101001111 10001011101 1111110101 1101110001 100010011011 01011111111 1001110111 10101011111 1101011111 1111111111 100111001101 0111010101 1111011111 10000011111 1101110101 1111110111 10111110111 10101110101 1101111111 10111011101 01111011010 1111010001 10101111101 11110101110 1111011011 101011111110 1001110101 11010111110 10111011101 0111010111 1111110111 10001111111 1001010001 110011011100 10011110101 11111001001 1010111101 101110011101 1100011010 1001110111 10111010111 1101110101 001010111001 10111001101 11010111001 1101010001 10110111101 0101011111 01001111100 10101111111 1111111101 0101110011 10111110101 110101001010 1111110111 101110111110 1101011111 00110101010 10101110101 1101111111 11001100111 10101110111 11111010100 1101001101 101011000101 100110101011 1111000101 101111100011 1101010101 11101011101 10001010111 11011011111 10111001001 10000111101 1101011110 1111110111 10101011111 0001011111 1010110101 101001101000 10110010101 1001111100 10111111101 1111110011 0100111101 10001111001 1101011101 1011001101 101011100011 1111011111 1101010111 10111011111 1101000101 1111010101 10111011111 1101011101 1101111001 10111011011 1111111111 10111110011 10101011111 10110101 1111100111 10101010101 0100110111 1111101101 10101111101 1101001011 1111101111 110111111011 1101111001 1110110111 10111111101 0100010100 11111000111 10101110101 0101011100 1101111111 10001110101 0110111111 1000111001 11001111111 1111110101 1001011111 11101011111 1111110011 1111010101 11010101001 11111100101 1111011111 10111111111 1101011011 1111100111 10111000101 01010110111 0111111111 10001101111 0101010111 0100011111 1101101111 10110111101 1101001101 10111010111 1011010011 1011011101 10001011011 1011010111 11010101111 10101011101 1011111101 1101010001 10111110011 1100110101 1111111101 10101001111 01110110011 1101011111 10110111111 1101011111 11111101001 10101111101 1111110111 0100111011 1111110101 0100010111 0101010111 10101010101 0111010011 1111010111 10101011011 11010010101 1111110111 10101110101 1011010111 0100111101 10011010101 1111111101 1101110101 110001011101 1101111111 11001111100 11111010111 0101011101 11010011111 11111110111 1101010111 1111111101 11111101111 1111011101 11011011011 111001011111 0111011110 1101011011 11111011101 1111110101 01110111111 101101111101 1101111111 0101011111 101110011111 11110110101 1101011101 10111110101 01111101011 1111010101 10101011111 11001110101 001100011011 10110111101 1101101100 1111010011 101011110011 1111011100 1111111111 10000111101 1101110110 1111110111 101110111110 1111010111 11110010111 0101010101 0011011100 11010101111 1111010100 0111010111 0011011101 01111101101
  • Amount of stanzas: 98
  • Average number of symbols per stanza: 138
  • Average number of words per stanza: 26
  • Amount of lines: 295
  • Average number of symbols per line: 46 (strings are more long than medium ones)
  • Average number of words per line: 8
  • Mood of the speaker:

    The punctuation marks are various. Neither mark predominates.

  • The author used lexical repetitions to emphasize a significant image; her, and, one, your, you, known, my, i, ever, day, of, in, his, at, it, to are repeated.

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

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

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

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