This is an analysis of the poem The Battle Of Shina, In Africa, Fought In 1800 that begins with:

King Shuac, the Giant of Mizra, war did declare
Against Ulva, King of Shina, telling him to prepare... full text

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  • Rhyme scheme: aabb aacc ccXd eeff ffgg hhbb hhii jjdd bbgh ffbb ddaa ffXi bbee kkee ffbb llff ffmm
  • Stanza lengths (in strings): 4,4,4,4,4,4,4,4,4,4,4,4,4,4,4,4,4,
  • Closest metre: iambic pentameter
  • –°losest rhyme: couplets
  • –°losest stanza type: tercets
  • Guessed form: heroic couplets
  • Metre: 110100101001 01101010101001 10101011001 110101100111 1110101110100001 110001001100011 101100111101 111100100101 11011111 11110101010111 11100101111 11101110110101 11010110101 1101100111 1011100101101 1110101001101 11101001 111011001 1111011001101 1111110101111 11110101101 1110110001101001 11111110000011 100011111110 11110100110101 101001011011 111110001110101 101101000111 1110001110101 111101111110011 1111111100111 10101110111101 01010010011111 1010110110110101 110101111000101 1100110101110 1101011010010011 010101011101 01010010101 01000101001001 01011001110101 100010110110101 1101010011010101 11111100011111 11110101001 11011010101 100101010 0100101010100101 1011111011 110101101111 111010001 1110101001101 10011110111011 101111010011101 110101010101 1110111101 101111101001 111000101 0101011 111001101 11100001001010 11010101110001000 1111101 111010001111 101010111111 111111111 11101001011110110 101111111110110
  • Amount of stanzas: 17
  • Average number of symbols per stanza: 214
  • Average number of words per stanza: 40
  • Amount of lines: 68
  • Average number of symbols per line: 53 (very long strings)
  • Average number of words per line: 10
  • Mood of the speaker:

    The punctuation marks are various. Neither mark predominates.

  • The author used lexical repetitions to emphasize a significant image; of, and, his, he, thou, be, king, with, shuac, hand are repeated.

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

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

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