This is an analysis of the poem How Gilbert Died that begins with:

There's never a stone at the sleeper's head,
There's never a fence beside, ... full text

Elements of the verse: questions and answers

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  • Rhyme scheme: AAAXAAbabaaa aaaaca dbdbeb afafgX hahafa aiaibi jcjXaX aaaagX kekXXe lblbhX gegece hmhmam aaaaga AAAXAA
  • Stanza lengths (in strings): 12,6,6,6,6,6,6,6,6,6,6,6,6,6,
  • Closest metre: iambic tetrameter
  • –°losest rhyme: rondeau rhyme
  • –°losest stanza type: tercets
  • Guessed form: unknown form
  • Metre: 1100110101 1100101 10100110111 0101100 1010110101 1111101 1111100111 00110111 0010100101 1100101 1011111111 1010101 1110100101 1010101 0011110101 00110101 1110110111 110111 11100100111 1100111 1111100111 11110101 10100111101 1100101 1110100101 1001101 110110101 0010111 1110100101 1010011000 1110111101 00110111 11100101111 10100101 1110100101 10100101 0010111111 11001101 1010110111 1100111 1111011101 1101101 110110101 010101 1110100111 1010101 111001101101 101111100 110110101 110101 11000111001 1110101 10010011111 1111010 110110101 111111 110110111 1100110 1010100101 01110111 1110100101 11100111 11101111111 11100111 1111100101 11011110 111110111 0011101 1110100101 11100101 1010100111 11101101 110100101 00100111 111010101 1110101 11111100101 111010101 1100110101 10110101 010100101 1101101 11100100101 10110111 1100110101 1100101 10100110111 0101100 1010110101 1111101
  • Amount of stanzas: 14
  • Average number of symbols per stanza: 255
  • Average number of words per stanza: 47
  • Amount of lines: 90
  • Average number of symbols per line: 39 (medium-length strings)
  • 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; they, to, and, he, his are repeated.

    The poet used anaphora at the beginnings of some neighboring lines. The same words there's, they, and, their, but are repeated.

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

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