This is an analysis of the poem Kelly's Conversion that begins with:

KELLY the Ranger half opened an eye
To wink at the Army passing by, ... full text

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  • Rhyme scheme: aabbccaaXbbddeXffggeXhhddiiaXXhjjddhXhhkkiieX iihhllbbllhhhhiiiillbb iiijjaaXhjjiXbbeejjmmmbb bbiiffhhhhh jjiiihhaaiiXbdd hhaahXgghh hhddaallhhXhhii
  • Stanza lengths (in strings): 45,22,24,11,15,10,15,
  • Closest metre: iambic tetrameter
  • –°losest rhyme: couplets
  • –°losest stanza type: sonnet
  • Guessed form: unknown form
  • Metre: 1001011011 011010101 1011100101 1100100101 11101101 1110100101 110111101 1010110101 110100101 1010110101 1010101101 011101111 0101100111 11101101 100100101 110111101 1110111101 1101110101 110110111 0100100101 1100100101 1110111001 1100110101 010110101 110010101 110100101 11010101 10101101 100101111 11011010110 0110100101 00100110101 1011011001 11100101 01110111101 110100101 011101111 11101100111 111111101 1110111101 1011000111 011101001 010100101 1011110111 10101111 1010110111 110100101 11010111 110100101 110101111 11100111 110110111 110101011 110110101 110111001 11101111 010010101 11100101 1010100101 11110101 111110101 1110100101 011110101 100100101 100101111 0111011101 11101101 110011111 11111110111 111111110 1100110101 110100101 100100111 110101101 110110101 110111101 111110101 110100101 1100110101 10100100101 111101111 1011110101 01110111 111100111 11110101 10110101 1100101101 110110101 1100101101 1110110111 1101100101 011100101 11110101 11100101 111101111 11110101 010101101 1010110101 110101111 11001101101 110101111 100100101 110100101 0011111001 10100111 100111111 11111011101 110100111 100100111 1011110101 011100101 1011001001 0010111101 0100101111 1011111111 1110101111 1111110111 100111101 11010101 11101111 101111111 110111101 010101101 111101111 100100111 10101101 0010100101 011011111 110101101 111110111 1001011001 100110101 0011110111 10110101 0011110101 010100101 100111101 10100111 100101101 100100101 101110111
  • Amount of stanzas: 8
  • Average number of symbols per stanza: 726
  • Average number of words per stanza: 140
  • Amount of lines: 141
  • Average number of symbols per line: 40 (medium-length strings)
  • Average number of words per line: 8
  • Mood of the speaker:

    The punctuation marks are various. Neither mark predominates.

  • The author used lexical repetitions to emphasize a significant image; and, he, her, that, to, his, of, had are repeated.

    The poet used anaphora at the beginnings of some neighboring lines. The same words a, kelly, they, and, pull 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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