This is an analysis of the poem Catching The Coach that begins with:

At Kangaroo Gully in 'Fifty-two
The rush and the scramble was reckless and rough;... full text

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  • Rhyme scheme: abXb cdcd eded fgXg dhXd dddd igig aeXe fjfj XXXh kjkX ljlj mjmj jdjd iXij ajaX gegX djdj dada hihi nmnm jiji XeXe emXX
  • Stanza lengths (in strings): 4,4,4,4,4,4,4,4,4,4,4,4,4,4,4,4,4,4,4,4,4,4,4,4,
  • Closest metre: iambic pentameter
  • –°losest rhyme: alternate rhyme
  • –°losest stanza type: sonnet
  • Guessed form: blank verse
  • Metre: 1101100101 01101011011 11001101101 1100101001 11001001011 01101001011 11011011001 1101001101 11101001001 01011011001 01100111011 01001101001 11101101001 11011001001 010010110110 11001001001 11011001101 01101001011 01001011100 010001001001 11101001001 1101101001 10111011011 1101000101 01011011011 01101101011 11001001001 0110101011 11001011001 11011001001 11101011011 11111001001 111011101001 11001001001 11001011001 110010001001 11111101001 111110111010 111010101101 110110110101 11011011101 01011101011 10111011010 11001011011 0100101011 1100101001 11101101011 11011001011 01011001101 11001011001 11101011101 01001011011 01101001111 01001011001 11101011111 11011001001 11011111001 11101011111 01001101001 111100101111 01101001010 111001101011 11011001011 11001111100 11001100001 01111011111 11111001011 11111001101 11001101011 11001101001 11101001101 11001001011 1101100101 01011111011 01011001011 01011011101 11101101000 11101001001 01101011011 01011011011 1001111011011 11101111011 01011111001 01101011001 11001111001 01001001001 11001001001 01101011101 01111011011 11011001001 11101111011 01001001001 111010010101 11111011101 1111110011 11011011101
  • Amount of stanzas: 24
  • Average number of symbols per stanza: 187
  • Average number of words per stanza: 34
  • Amount of lines: 96
  • 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; and, of, or, ', him are repeated.

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

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

    There is a poetic device epiphora at the end of some neighboring lines ' is repeated).

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