This is an analysis of the poem Slants At Buffalo, New York that begins with:

A FOREFINGER of stone, dreamed by a sculptor, points to the sky.
It says: This way! this way!...

Elements of the verse: questions and answers

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  • Rhyme scheme: aa Xba XXc ccXd cXb XXXd
  • Stanza lengths (in strings): 2,3,3,4,3,4,
  • Closest metre: trochaic pentameter
  • Сlosest rhyme: no rhyme
  • Сlosest stanza type: tercets
  • Guessed form: unknown form
  • Metre: 011001110101001 010101 1101011010001 111010010 1110101 0111101 01011001011 011011111010 10101010010 111110 01000101001010 0101010101 11100010 011110 01111101110 01110111011 110011111 110111 1001111011
  • Amount of stanzas: 6
  • Average number of symbols per stanza: 134
  • Average number of words per stanza: 24
  • Amount of lines: 19
  • Average number of symbols per line: 42 (strings are more long than medium ones)
  • Average number of words per line: 8
  • Mood of the speaker:

    The punctuation marks are various. Neither mark predominates.

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

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

    The poet repeated the same word way at the end of some neighboring stanzas. The poetic device is a kind of epiphora.

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