This is an analysis of the poem The Ballad Of Dick Turpin that begins with:

The daylight moon looked quietly down
Through the gathering dusk on London town...

Elements of the verse: questions and answers

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  • Rhyme scheme: aa bb cc ddb baa ee ffdd gg cc ee hh dd dd aa ii hh jj dd bbj jhh aa kk ll ll ll ee cc kk mm aa nhoh mddd moXo ndpd Xehe cdkd jaaa fehe eddd ohdh hdd oo cpX hdnd aepe dd hh ee ddXee
  • Stanza lengths (in strings): 2,2,2,3,3,2,4,2,2,2,2,2,2,2,2,2,2,2,3,3,2,2,2,2,2,2,2,2,2,2,4,4,4,4,4,4,4,4,4,4,3,2,3,4,4,2,2,2,5,
  • Closest metre: iambic tetrameter
  • –°losest rhyme: couplets
  • –°losest stanza type: tercets
  • Guessed form: unknown form
  • Metre: 011111001 1010011101 0110101001 110100101 10011101 101010101 110101101 11011111 1010110111 11101001001 11111111 110110101 1101001001 010010101 010010111 10010101 111111001 1110111101 1111001011 11011111 10101001001 101110111 101101111 01110111 0111101 011101111 111111001 110110101 101100111 1110110111 110111101 1010100101 0110101001 1010101111 01111101 1110100001 10111001 1111010101 111110111 0101101001 11111111 11101111 1110111 1111010101 0100111001 101011111 11010101 11111101 0100100101 111110101 111111111 1011111111 110110111 1011100111 110110100 110100101 1111110111 0101110101 11111111 1101110111 011111101 1011100101 1001001010 111101110 1100100111 111011111 111101001100 101 010011101 010111 110101010 110101 101011101 1010101 11111010 100111 11110101 110101 10101010010 10101 100100101 111101 001110111010 111 0101001001 1111001 111100111 1110111 011110101 010111 010100101 0100111 10101001 11011111 010100101 110101 1011100101 10100111 0111110111 1001001 10101101101 10100101 111010101 1101111 11010111 010111 1101011111 0101 11101011000101 11010101110111 111101011100001 11010111110101 01001101 0101101 11110101 110111 11111101010 111 11110100111 01001 11110101 1010101 11010001110101 101111101111001 11111111010111 11010101110011 11100101010111 111101010010101 11100101100111 101101011011101 01100101010111 10011101110111
  • Amount of stanzas: 51
  • Average number of symbols per stanza: 104
  • Average number of words per stanza: 20
  • Amount of lines: 133
  • Average number of symbols per line: 39 (medium-length strings)
  • 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; and, he, in, shoot, five, ghostly, him are repeated.

    The poet used anaphora at the beginnings of some neighboring lines. The same words shoot, he, and, they, a, the are repeated.

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

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  • summary of The Ballad Of Dick Turpin;
  • central theme;
  • idea of the verse;
  • history of its creation;
  • critical appreciation.

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