This is an analysis of the poem Rio Grande's Last Race that begins with:

Now this was what Macpherson told
While waiting in the stand; ... full text

Elements of the verse: questions and answers

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  • Rhyme scheme: aaaaa bcbbc dadda aeaae aaaaa fcffc gaggX abaab aaaaX agaag afaahihhi dhddh bebbe daddX jhjjh aaaaa khkkh iaiia gaggX caccaXc
  • Stanza lengths (in strings): 5,5,5,5,5,5,5,5,5,5,9,5,5,5,5,5,5,5,5,7,
  • Closest metre: iambic tetrameter
  • –°losest rhyme: rondeau rhyme
  • –°losest stanza type: tercets
  • Guessed form: unknown form
  • Metre: 10110101 110001 01010101 01010101 010101 11011101 011101 01011101 11110111 110101 11111101 110111 11010111 111101111 110011 11110111 110101 010000111 110101001 111111 11110111 111101 11110101 11110101 011101 101110101 110101 11110001 10110111 111101 101110111 111101 11111101 11110111 11110100 11010111 011101 11001111 11111111 111111 11001101 111101 110011101 01010101 101110100 11110101 11011001 11011101 10111101 110111 11010111 101101 1011101101 11011101 11001111011101 110001 110011101 11011101 110001 11111101 1100011 111101001 11011101 101101 11111110 110101 11011101 11010101 111111 11110111 110101 11110101 01110111 0111010 11010111 010101 11110101 11010111 110001 11010111 110101 11010001 11011101 010101 110101001 010001 110111001 11010101 010001 11011101 111101 11010111 11010111 110001 11110111 110101 11110101 11110101 1111010 11111111 110111 11010101 11010111 010111 111100
  • Amount of stanzas: 22
  • Average number of symbols per stanza: 158
  • Average number of words per stanza: 30
  • Amount of lines: 106
  • 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.

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

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

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

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