This is an analysis of the poem Baltic Fog Notes that begins with:

Seven days all fog, all mist, and the turbines pounding through high seas.
I was a plaything, a rat’s neck in the teeth of a scuffling mastiff....

Elements of the verse: questions and answers

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  • Rhyme scheme: aXbccXbX XXaXa Xa Xc
  • Stanza lengths (in strings): 8,5,2,2,
  • Closest metre: trochaic pentameter
  • Сlosest rhyme: no rhyme
  • Сlosest stanza type: tercets
  • Guessed form: unknown form
  • Metre: 1011111101010111 110110110010010010 11111111 1110101110110101001011 011011101001011 101001101010101 0101111001001110011 111101111110 111001011011 110101111001010111010101001010 11101101011101010101011100100101 101001011011 110101010010010 101001010 011010000100110110111111 1010110111 010101110100001010100111011110001
  • Amount of stanzas: 4
  • Average number of symbols per stanza: 304
  • Average number of words per stanza: 57
  • Amount of lines: 17
  • Average number of symbols per line: 71 (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; fog, and, in, night, of, i, me are repeated.

    The poet used anaphora at the beginnings of some neighboring lines. The same word i is repeated.

    The author used the same word bury 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 sky is repeated).

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