This is an analysis of the poem Purple Martins that begins with:

IF we were such and so, the same as these,
maybe we too would be slingers and sliders,...

Elements of the verse: questions and answers

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  • Rhyme scheme: aXaba cAD Xeefc efXe XfecfXabAD
  • Stanza lengths (in strings): 5,3,5,4,10,
  • Closest metre: iambic tetrameter
  • Сlosest rhyme: couplets
  • Сlosest stanza type: tercets
  • Guessed form: unknown form
  • Metre: 0101110111 10111010110 100110001010 1001101011001 10011010 11111101 0101011 01101011 11101 010011 111101101 001101010101 1010100101 111 111011 110111010 110101 011011101 100111001 1111111111 11111110101 1100111001 110001101010111 11100110001010 111001101011001 0101011 01101011
  • Amount of stanzas: 1
  • Average number of symbols per stanza: 1042
  • Average number of words per stanza: 195
  • Amount of lines: 31
  • Average number of symbols per line: 33 (medium-length strings)
  • Average number of words per line: 6
  • 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 words tumbling, be, and, go are repeated.

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  • summary of Purple Martins;
  • central theme;
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  • history of its creation;
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