This is an analysis of the poem A Tall Man that begins with:

The mouth of this man is a gaunt strong mouth.
The head of this man is a gaunt strong head....

Elements of the verse: questions and answers

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  • Rhyme scheme: Xa bbXXXX cbddd aXXcc
  • Stanza lengths (in strings): 2,6,5,5,
  • Closest metre: iambic pentameter
  • Сlosest rhyme: no rhyme
  • Сlosest stanza type: tercets
  • Guessed form: blank verse
  • Metre: 0100100111 0100100111 010011100101001010 01001110011010 111101001 0100101010110110111000111101 1001010100100 1100100011100001 101000111100 1010010101 10110110110110010010 01010110010 010101011011010010 10100111 1110010101 101001111010101010100101010100101010111110101111101001100 0100111010011100111000101011100010 0001011011100010
  • Amount of stanzas: 4
  • Average number of symbols per stanza: 312
  • Average number of words per stanza: 60
  • Amount of lines: 18
  • Average number of symbols per line: 69 (very long strings)
  • Average number of words per line: 13
  • Mood of the speaker:

    The punctuation marks are various. Neither mark predominates.

  • The author used lexical repetitions to emphasize a significant image; of, this, man, he, and, many are repeated.

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

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

    There is a poetic device epiphora at the end of some neighboring lines people, many are repeated).

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  • summary of A Tall Man;
  • central theme;
  • idea of the verse;
  • history of its creation;
  • critical appreciation.

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