This is an analysis of the poem A Son Of A Gun that begins with:

I wish I had a barrel of rum
and sugar three hundred pound....

Elements of the verse: questions and answers

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  • Rhyme scheme: abXbXcdC ECECcdC fXgafhbhXg
  • Stanza lengths (in strings): 8,7,10,
  • Closest metre: trochaic tetrameter
  • –°losest rhyme: alternate rhyme
  • –°losest stanza type: sonnet
  • Guessed form: unknown form
  • Metre: 111101001 1101101 111000101 110111 1101010 1010101 110100110 10100111 10100100100 100111 10100100100 100111 1101010111101 110100110 10100111 10110101 1110101 11101010 1010101 1011011 111111 1101010 1010101 10
  • Amount of stanzas: 4
  • Average number of symbols per stanza: 179
  • Average number of words per stanza: 43
  • Amount of lines: 24
  • Average number of symbols per line: 29 (strings are less long than medium ones)
  • Average number of words per line: 7
  • Mood of the speaker:

    The punctuation marks are various. Neither mark predominates.

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

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

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

    The poet repeated the same word beer at the end of some neighboring stanzas. The poetic device is a kind of epiphora.

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