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

Jesus emptied the devils of one man into forty hogs and the hogs took the edge of a high rock and dropped off and down into the sea: a mob.

Elements of the verse: questions and answers

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  • Rhyme scheme: a b a a c X X d X c X bdXd
  • Stanza lengths (in strings): 1,1,1,1,1,1,1,1,1,1,1,4,
  • Closest metre: trochaic pentameter
  • Сlosest rhyme: rondeau rhyme
  • Сlosest stanza type: sonnet
  • Guessed form: rondeau
  • Metre: 101001001100101101101001111111000101 0110100101001000011100111111111111100111 101001111011111110101 111110101010001101011001011111010001 01010111011010100100100110100111001001000001011111 1001001110110001000110101010010101101001110110101 1110101010010101011001001111100101111010011010101111011101100011010011011010010 0101110111001011011010001010010111110110100110111011101101011010 01010100100101100 011110100101101010010010 1110011100101111111111 1101010011111110110110011111011111111000101110101 11101 001011 001011
  • Amount of stanzas: 12
  • Average number of symbols per stanza: 167
  • Average number of words per stanza: 32
  • Amount of lines: 15
  • Average number of symbols per line: 133 (very long strings)
  • Average number of words per line: 26
  • Mood of the speaker:

    The speaker asks many questions. Perhaps, he or she is in confusion.

  • The author used lexical repetitions to emphasize a significant image; of, and, one, mob, they, that, in, on, to, at, i, you, for are repeated.

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

    The author used the same words the, i 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 mob is repeated).

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

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  • summary of Always The Mob;
  • central theme;
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  • history of its creation;
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