This is an analysis of the poem A Supermarket In California that begins with:

What thoughts I have of you tonight, Walt Whitman, for I walked down the
streets under the trees with a headache self-conscious looking at the...

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  • Rhyme scheme: ab cXdedadXfgXXXdcfgeXbXegX
  • Stanza lengths (in strings): 2,24,
  • Closest metre: trochaic pentameter
  • –°losest rhyme: no rhyme
  • –°losest stanza type: sonnet
  • Guessed form: unknown form
  • Metre: 1111010111011110 110010011110101011 011001110110011000101 1010100110000 110111001100101110 10101001010100001011 11010101101101010 111110101011010010 1000101011001001 1111010011101111 01011110 110011001010110011 100101010101010 1110101000100110101010 10101010010100011010001 111101100110110111 11101 1111110110000101011 01 0111111010101110 111001011010 011100010100011110010 111011010 11101010110101010001 11101100101111101011 110011011011001
  • Amount of stanzas: 2
  • Average number of symbols per stanza: 816
  • Average number of words per stanza: 141
  • Amount of lines: 26
  • Average number of symbols per line: 62 (very long strings)
  • Average number of words per line: 11
  • Mood of the speaker:

    The speaker asks many questions. Perhaps, he or she is in confusion.

  • The author used lexical repetitions to emphasize a significant image; i, what, you, and, of, in are repeated.

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