This is an analysis of the poem Santa Claus In The Bush that begins with:

It chanced out back at the Christmas time,
When the wheat was ripe and tall, ... full text

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  • Rhyme scheme: XabaCdXX Xded bfaX egag Xaha bghg ibjX XjXX Cibi XbkX gibi jhkh XgXX cXgX gbgb gfjX gbab dfiX eibX XXXX gdbd ggcgXX
  • Stanza lengths (in strings): 8,4,4,4,4,4,4,4,4,4,4,4,4,4,4,4,4,4,4,4,4,6,
  • Closest metre: trochaic tetrameter
  • –°losest rhyme: alternate rhyme
  • –°losest stanza type: tercets
  • Guessed form: unknown form
  • Metre: 0101110101 1011111 010100101 0101101 1011111011 110101 111011111 10101010 101110101010 1011110 110100101 10110101 10010110101 010111 11100101010 0111110 1001100101 1111111 11100101010 10111001 1001001110 1011111 1110101101 111011 10011110111 1111111 11101001001 111110 11110110101 1110111 1100100111 10101010 1001011101 1100101 111110011 10111110 1011111011 010101 111011101 1011101 101011101 11110101 11100101111 10101010 110111101 0010101 1111010111 11100101 1111100111 111111 1010110111 1100101 101110101010 11101001 1011110111 0101010 1011111011 1111101 11111101010 1111110 1101111111 1111101 1111001010 11000101 1011111011 00110111 1100100111 10101010 101110101011 101100111 10110100100 0010101 10011100101 111111 111010101 00100100 10011111101 0010101 110011111 01001010 101000101010 1111010 1111110101 1010010100 11001101011 0011101 10110100111 1100101 1010110101 11000111 1011111011 1011111 10101110110 10101011
  • Amount of stanzas: 22
  • Average number of symbols per stanza: 164
  • Average number of words per stanza: 31
  • Amount of lines: 94
  • Average number of symbols per line: 38 (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; and, them, he, to are repeated.

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

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

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