This is an analysis of the poem Hoodlums that begins with:

I AM a hoodlum, you are a hoodlum, we and all of us are a world of hoodlums-maybe so.
I hate and kill better men than I am, so do you, so do all...

Elements of the verse: questions and answers

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  • Rhyme scheme: aababXXXbXX
  • Stanza lengths (in strings): 11,
  • Closest metre: trochaic pentameter
  • Сlosest rhyme: no rhyme
  • Сlosest stanza type: sonnet
  • Guessed form: unknown form
  • Metre: 110101101011101101010101 11111011111111110110101 00101100110101111011101010101011 0001110110101101001111101001010101 11111010111110111010011011010100 1111101011110100011011001010011011111111 101001011100101110111011010101110010 01110100111010101111010110011001111 0111010101101111000100100111100100011111 100101111101010101011110110111101011111101111 11101111011101111111101000101100101001110000111
  • Amount of stanzas: 1
  • Average number of symbols per stanza: 1603
  • Average number of words per stanza: 324
  • Amount of lines: 11
  • Average number of symbols per line: 145 (very long strings)
  • Average number of words per line: 29
  • Mood of the speaker:

    The punctuation marks are various. Neither mark predominates.

  • The author used lexical repetitions to emphasize a significant image; of, so, i, and, maybe, this, in, my, us, all, you, kill, let, hoodlums, on, it, go are repeated.

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

    There is a poetic device epiphora at the end of some neighboring lines so is repeated).

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