This is an analysis of the poem Shorthorns that begins with:

Heavy-hocked, barrel-bellied,
exhaling billows of steam, they wait ...

Elements of the verse: questions and answers

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  • Rhyme scheme: abcbddabefddeXdXbXagXbffffXXccfbXggggabfd
  • Stanza lengths (in strings): 41,
  • Closest metre: trochaic tetrameter
  • –°losest rhyme: alternate rhyme
  • –°losest stanza type: sonnet
  • Guessed form: unknown form
  • Metre: 10101010 100100111 101110 1011101110 1010110011 1111110 0101101 11001001 0100111 11011110 100011101 110111001 11011101 110111011 011010100101 01011011 011110011 111010101 11110111 10010010 1101001 1011001 111110 001010100 0100110 01101110 0101011 10110101 0001101010 10111110 11011110 111011001 10101111 110101101 10101101 101111011 1110101 10111011 1010111 1010111100 1101110001
  • Amount of stanzas: 1
  • Average number of symbols per stanza: 1531
  • Average number of words per stanza: 263
  • Amount of lines: 41
  • Average number of symbols per line: 36 (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; for, his, and are repeated.

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

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  • summary of Shorthorns;
  • central theme;
  • idea of the verse;
  • history of its creation;
  • critical appreciation.

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