This is an analysis of the poem Conroy's Gap that begins with:

This was the way of it, don't you know --
Ryan was "wanted" for stealing sheep, ... full text

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  • Rhyme scheme: ababcdcdebebfXfX cgcghbhb ciXijaja klkamhmX kikigigi memecaca ngngcici lXamhjhj iXimXeae gdgdieXX iciccdcd ajajdmdX cbcbigig kakadada oioicbcb alaadmdmXccccgbgb
  • Stanza lengths (in strings): 16,8,8,8,8,8,8,8,8,8,8,8,8,8,8,17,
  • Closest metre: iambic pentameter
  • –°losest rhyme: alternate rhyme
  • –°losest stanza type: tercets
  • Guessed form: blank verse
  • Metre: 010100111 10110001101 110010111 111101001 110100111 010111101 100111101 110110101 110100111 011100101 100100111 100100101 100101101 010111011 11101111 010110100010 010110111 1010101101 1010110101 101110101 111110101 011011001 11101101 010100101 1011100101 10100101101 1111011110 1101101001 110100111 0100111101 110100111 110110101 110101101 11010110 101110111 110101101 110101111 110110101 011100101 1101001010 101110101 111101111 10010111 110100101 110100101 010100101 01001111001 111100101 110100101 10011101 100111111 0010110101 11110101 1111110101 010110111 10101100101 1110100101 110011111 11100100101 1100110101 110101101 110110101 110101101 110110101 101101110 110110100 0101001011 0110110101 1110101001 110101001 111101101 110110101 110110111 10100110100 011100101 010101001 110101100 1100100101 110100111 011100101 111111101 1010100101 1100111101 010101101 110110111 010111101 10011011110 101010101110 1011111111 111111001 110110111 010101101 111010101 110111111 010010111 110110101 11101101 10011101 101110101 011110101 110100111 110110111 101100101 10010111100 110101101 00101001101 10101101001 1100101111 0101101111 1111101111 011111101 010101111 010110101 110101111 110110101 011110101 111100101 111100101 1101111101 100101111 01010111 0010111101 10101001001 10110101011 1110110111 1101101101 1100111101 110100101 110101101 0101100110 011111101 1010000101 101100101 110101101 011101111 11001010111 111100101 1100100111 110101101 110101101 110111101 111100101 1110100101 0100100101
  • Amount of stanzas: 17
  • Average number of symbols per stanza: 348
  • Average number of words per stanza: 65
  • Amount of lines: 144
  • Average number of symbols per line: 40 (medium-length strings)
  • 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; you, as, of, he, and are repeated.

    The poet used anaphora at the beginnings of some neighboring lines. The same words under, in, one, he, and are repeated.

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

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