This is an analysis of the poem Ice Handler that begins with:

I know an ice handler who wears a flannel shirt with pearl buttons the size of a dollar,
And he lugs a hundred-pound hunk into a saloon ice-box,...

Elements of the verse: questions and answers

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  • Rhyme scheme: XXaaXbb
  • Stanza lengths (in strings): 7,
  • Closest metre: trochaic pentameter
  • Сlosest rhyme: no rhyme
  • Сlosest stanza type: tercets
  • Guessed form: unknown form
  • Metre: 11111001101010110010010 111010110000111101011111 101100101101100101010110 10101001001101101 1101011100100110110110110100001100 1010101011011101001111001101111100101101110111011001 1111011100111101000111111110100010101010
  • Amount of stanzas: 1
  • Average number of symbols per stanza: 836
  • Average number of words per stanza: 169
  • Amount of lines: 7
  • Average number of symbols per line: 119 (very long strings)
  • Average number of words per line: 24
  • Mood of the speaker:

    The punctuation marks are various. Neither mark predominates.

  • The author used lexical repetitions to emphasize a significant image; and is repeated.

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

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