This is an analysis of the poem The Cow that begins with:

THIS is a rune I ravelled in the still,
Arrogant stare of an Australian cow— ...

Elements of the verse: questions and answers

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  • Rhyme scheme: abbaabba cXdXdc
  • Stanza lengths (in strings): 8,6,
  • Closest metre: iambic pentameter
  • Сlosest rhyme: limerick
  • Сlosest stanza type: tercets
  • Guessed form: sonnet with iambic pentameter or irregular meter
  • Metre: 00011100001 1001010101 1101000101 1101010011 0101010101 1101010111 1101111101 0111011110 0101001101 1110001101 1001011101 10010101010 1101010111 1101010111
  • Amount of stanzas: 1
  • Average number of symbols per stanza: 681
  • Average number of words per stanza: 110
  • Amount of lines: 15
  • Average number of symbols per line: 44 (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; of, to, and are repeated.

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  • summary of The Cow;
  • central theme;
  • idea of the verse;
  • history of its creation;
  • critical appreciation.

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