This is an analysis of the poem A North Country Hound (Old Style) that begins with:

Now hark, all good hunters, I'll sing you the praise
Of a brave hound and goodly, that's worth...

Elements of the verse: questions and answers

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  • Rhyme scheme: aXbb cccc aaXX ddee Xdee
  • Stanza lengths (in strings): 4,4,4,4,4,
  • Closest metre: iambic pentameter
  • Сlosest rhyme: couplets
  • Сlosest stanza type: tercets
  • Guessed form: heroic couplets
  • Metre: 11101011101 001111011 11001011111 101101101101 11111101101 101110111101 101011111111 101011001001 11001101001 001111001101 111111111110 111111011011 11001111001 11011001001 11001001011 1110111101111 1111100111 11001011101 110001001101 111001101101
  • Amount of stanzas: 5
  • Average number of symbols per stanza: 208
  • Average number of words per stanza: 41
  • Amount of lines: 20
  • Average number of symbols per line: 51 (strings are more long than medium ones)
  • Average number of words per line: 10
  • Mood of the speaker:

    The punctuation marks are various. Neither mark predominates.

  • The author used lexical repetitions to emphasize a significant image; and, with, be are repeated.

    The author used the same word oh at the beginnings of some neighboring stanzas. The figure of speech is a kind of anaphora.

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  • history of its creation;
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