This is an analysis of the poem A Vision Out West that begins with:

Far reaching down's a solid sea sunk everlastingly to rest,
And yet whose billows seem to be for ever heaving toward the west ... full text

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  • Rhyme scheme: aabbccddaaee aaffffbb bbcceeggeX hhiigg aaaahhjkff llfflljk hhddccgXcc bbeeddddddffmmhhccXccdd
  • Stanza lengths (in strings): 12,8,10,6,10,8,10,23,
  • Closest metre: iambic pentameter
  • –°losest rhyme: couplets
  • –°losest stanza type: sonnet
  • Guessed form: heroic couplets
  • Metre: 1101010111000001 11110100110100101 0101011101011111 0101010100110101 1101110111000101 0101010101010011 1101110111110101 1101011101010101 1101000101111101 01011100111010111 11011011101010111 0101110101010101 1001110111010111 0111110110010101 1111010110110101 1111011101010101 1101000101111101 1111011111010101 1011011110011111 1101111101110101 1011000111010001 110101110100101 1101010101001111 10010111110010101 10110001100101001 1011110111010001 1111010111010111 1101111110111111 1001110111000111 1001110101010110 1001010101110101 1101010101110101 1101011101010111 0101011101010001 0101110111111101 0100110111010111 1111010111010111 01011101011110011 1111001101111101 0101111111000101 01010010111011101 0101111110010101 1001010111010101 0101011101010100 1001110101110101 100100100111100101 11110001110111001 01010101110001001 1101011110010001 0111010111110101 1001010101110101 010111001010011101 01110010110100001 0111011101010100 10110011101010101 11110011101000111 1100111010110111 1100100001110001 1001111111010111 0111001101011101 1101110111001101 10110111010101010 11010101110010101 0101010101011101 01010111010111001 10011001110100111 1011110111001101 0101011101010101 1001001101010101001 11110101010001001 10011111011110101 0101010101010101 1001010110010001 1101010111010101 1101110101110101 1111010101010101 1101001111011111 0101000111001100 0101010110010101 0101010111010101 0101110101010011 01010100101011101 10010111110101001 0101111101000100 1001011111010001 0101001101010111
  • Amount of stanzas: 9
  • Average number of symbols per stanza: 680
  • Average number of words per stanza: 118
  • Amount of lines: 86
  • Average number of symbols per line: 70 (very long strings)
  • Average number of words per line: 12
  • Mood of the speaker:

    The punctuation marks are various. Neither mark predominates.

  • The author used lexical repetitions to emphasize a significant image; and, that, where, not, to, of, his are repeated.

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

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  • summary of A Vision Out West;
  • central theme;
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  • history of its creation;
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