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

What brings you here, John Chinaman,
Why come to New South Wales?...

Elements of the verse: questions and answers

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  • Rhyme scheme: Xaba cdcX Xebe cdcX
  • Stanza lengths (in strings): 4,4,4,4,
  • Closest metre: iambic tetrameter
  • –°losest rhyme: alternate rhyme
  • –°losest stanza type: tercets
  • Guessed form: ballad stanza
  • Metre: 11111100 110111 11111101 011011 101010111 001001 11011101 01110100 11111100 1100011 01110111 111101 11111011 111111 110010101 10111000
  • Amount of stanzas: 4
  • Average number of symbols per stanza: 129
  • Average number of words per stanza: 24
  • Amount of lines: 16
  • Average number of symbols per line: 32 (medium-length strings)
  • Average number of words per line: 6
  • Mood of the speaker:

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

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