This is an analysis of the poem Featherstonhaugh that begins with:

Brookong station lay half-asleep
Dozed in the waning western glare... full text

Elements of the verse: questions and answers

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  • Rhyme scheme: ababbX cbcbbX bdbdbX efefbX dXXgbX XhghbX icicbX dfXfbX djdjbX cicibX ckckbX kbkbbX ekekXX gfgfbX elelbX
  • Stanza lengths (in strings): 6,6,6,6,6,6,6,6,6,6,6,6,6,6,6,
  • Closest metre: iambic pentameter
  • –°losest rhyme: alternate rhyme
  • –°losest stanza type: tercets
  • Guessed form: blank verse
  • Metre: 10101101 10010101 101011101 1101010001 1010111101 1100101000 10101000101 1011101101 1011101111 111101101 11011101001 111010110000 010010111 11100101101 110100101 011011101 1001111101 11010010000 110101101 101001101 00100101101 10100111 0100101101 100010011000 1010101101 1101001010 110101100 1110100101 1010101001 11110011000 011111000 1110011101 011111101 101101101 10010101 111101011000 111110101 0011111101 0010110101 010110111 10110111 10011111011000 1100110101 1010011101 1110100101 110111101 1010100101 1010010011000 010111101 101100101 011110111 10010101 110100101 1110101000 111110111 010011101 010100101 1101100101 1011110101 1110101000 1001001101 101011111 010011111 1110110101 010110101 1011010011000 0111111101 1101011101 10100100101 110100111 0011110101 0010111000 011110101 011100101 010101101 1010101101 111001101 1011001000 1011100001 010100111 011100101 0111000101 11010110101 111001010000 1110011101 0111101001 111110101 111111101 1010011111 0100101000
  • Amount of stanzas: 15
  • Average number of symbols per stanza: 255
  • Average number of words per stanza: 44
  • Amount of lines: 90
  • Average number of symbols per line: 42 (strings are more long than medium ones)
  • 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; for, he, that, as are repeated.

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

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

    The poet repeated the same word featherstonhaugh at the end of some neighboring stanzas. The poetic device is a kind of epiphora.

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