This is an analysis of the poem The Sussex Sailor that begins with:

O, once, by Cuckmere Haven,
I heard a sailor sing...

Elements of the verse: questions and answers

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  • Rhyme scheme: abcbdbab eFgfXfEX XaXagdfd XhXhbfEX Xiaijjaj eFXfcfEX
  • Stanza lengths (in strings): 8,8,8,8,8,8,
  • Closest metre: iambic trimeter
  • –°losest rhyme: alternate rhyme
  • –°losest stanza type: tercets
  • Guessed form: unknown form
  • Metre: 1111010 110101 0101011 1101001 0101111 111111 10110010 010111 10111111 010011 1111011 011101 0101010 110101 1111111 0100110 1101010 111101 01001110 111101 0101010 0101101 101110011 1001001 10100011 110111 1111110 110101 1111010 110101 1111111 0100110 1101110 111101 1101010 110111 0111011 110101 01011110 110001 10111111 010011 1111010 0101101 1101011 110111 1111111 0101010
  • Amount of stanzas: 6
  • Average number of symbols per stanza: 226
  • Average number of words per stanza: 43
  • Amount of lines: 48
  • Average number of symbols per line: 27 (strings are less long than medium ones)
  • Average number of words per line: 5
  • Mood of the speaker:

    The punctuation marks are various. Neither mark predominates.

  • The author used lexical repetitions to emphasize a significant image; and is repeated.

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

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

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