This is an analysis of the poem Streets Too Old that begins with:

I WALKED among the streets of an old city and the streets were lean as the throats of hard seafish soaked in salt and kept in barrels many...

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  • Rhyme scheme: abaab
  • Stanza lengths (in strings): 5,
  • Closest metre: trochaic pentameter
  • Сlosest rhyme: alternate rhyme
  • Сlosest stanza type: tercets
  • Guessed form: unknown form
  • Metre: 1101010111010101101011010111010100 1111111101111011100111011100010111110110101101 01001011010101110011110100110101111110111110111111101010011001010101010110 1001010100011010101110101101001111010010101110000111 01101001111110101111101111010100110111001011010
  • Amount of stanzas: 1
  • Average number of symbols per stanza: 1046
  • Average number of words per stanza: 195
  • Amount of lines: 5
  • Average number of symbols per line: 208 (very long strings)
  • Average number of words per line: 39
  • Mood of the speaker:

    The punctuation marks are various. Neither mark predominates.

  • The author used lexical repetitions to emphasize a significant image; of, and, old, kings, in, all, how, on, city are repeated.

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