This is an analysis of the poem Potomac River Mist that begins with:

All the policemen, saloonkeepers and efficiency experts in Toledo
knew Bern Dailey; secretary ten years when Whitlock was mayor....

Elements of the verse: questions and answers

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  • Rhyme scheme: XXabb cXXdXc XX Xad
  • Stanza lengths (in strings): 5,6,2,3,
  • Closest metre: iambic pentameter
  • Сlosest rhyme: no rhyme
  • Сlosest stanza type: tercets
  • Guessed form: blank verse
  • Metre: 10010100010100100010 1110101010111110 110111111011111 01011011101010 100 010010010001111 10101001011100100 010111110010110 0111001001101101 110010010011111010010 1001111011010101 11010010101111011011 1001100010011011 0100111101000100100 11100110110101010001 1101101
  • Amount of stanzas: 4
  • Average number of symbols per stanza: 242
  • Average number of words per stanza: 44
  • Amount of lines: 16
  • Average number of symbols per line: 60 (very long strings)
  • Average number of words per line: 11
  • 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 the is repeated.

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  • summary of Potomac River Mist;
  • central theme;
  • idea of the verse;
  • history of its creation;
  • critical appreciation.

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