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

TWO Swede families live downstairs and an Irish policeman upstairs, and an old soldier, Uncle Joe.
Two Swede boys go upstairs and see Joe. His...

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  • Rhyme scheme: XXaXXabb
  • Stanza lengths (in strings): 8,
  • Closest metre: trochaic pentameter
  • Сlosest rhyme: no rhyme
  • Сlosest stanza type: tercets
  • Guessed form: unknown form
  • Metre: 1110011111100100111110101 111101111010101010110110001011011101 0111011110010101000100101010111010111010101 11011101100011010101010101110111110111010111011101001010010001 11010100111101111101111000101001 111111111101010111010111010101 011111100110111101111101010110100100101101010 11100111011110111110010
  • Amount of stanzas: 1
  • Average number of symbols per stanza: 1195
  • Average number of words per stanza: 228
  • Amount of lines: 8
  • Average number of symbols per line: 149 (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; and, joe, in, boys, his, two, swede, they are repeated.

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

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