This is an analysis of the poem Mammy Hums that begins with:

THIS is the song I rested with:
The right shoulder of a strong man I leaned on....

Elements of the verse: questions and answers

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  • Rhyme scheme: abcXb ac XbXX XbXddX
  • Stanza lengths (in strings): 5,2,4,6,
  • Closest metre: iambic pentameter
  • Сlosest rhyme: no rhyme
  • Сlosest stanza type: tercets
  • Guessed form: blank verse
  • Metre: 00011100 01100011111 01001110101100011 010011111110110 0100100111000101111 00011100 11110100101000001111101000 0101011 001101 1111011 1010111 10 11111001101101 11111101111010101 0111001011 0111100101011 101011001110101
  • Amount of stanzas: 4
  • Average number of symbols per stanza: 216
  • Average number of words per stanza: 43
  • Amount of lines: 17
  • Average number of symbols per line: 50 (strings are more long than medium ones)
  • Average number of words per line: 10
  • Mood of the speaker:

    The punctuation marks are various. Neither mark predominates.

  • The author used lexical repetitions to emphasize a significant image; of, you, sleep are repeated.

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

    The author used the same word this 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 song is repeated).

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