This is an analysis of the poem A Literary Hangman that begins with:

Beneath his coat of dirt great Neilson loves
To hide the avenging rope.... full text

Elements of the verse: questions and answers

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  • Rhyme scheme: abab
  • Stanza lengths (in strings): 4,
  • Closest metre: iambic tetrameter
  • –°losest rhyme: alternate rhyme
  • –°losest stanza type: tercets
  • Guessed form: ballad stanza
  • Metre: 0101011101 0100101 1101110011 1101
  • Amount of stanzas: 1
  • Average number of symbols per stanza: 129
  • Average number of words per stanza: 22
  • Amount of lines: 4
  • Average number of symbols per line: 32 (medium-length strings)
  • Average number of words per line: 6
  • Mood of the speaker:

    The punctuation marks are various. Neither mark predominates.

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