This is an analysis of the poem Back To Hilo that begins with:

There's a dark an' dirty wineshop on a waterfront I know,
An' a cross-eyed Dago keeps it - or he kep' it years ago - ...

Elements of the verse: questions and answers

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  • Rhyme scheme: aabCCB ddbcCB eebCCB
  • Stanza lengths (in strings): 6,6,6,
  • Closest metre: trochaic pentameter
  • Сlosest rhyme: rondeau rhyme
  • Сlosest stanza type: tercets
  • Guessed form: unknown form
  • Metre: 1011101001010111 101110101110001 101001101010111 11111101010 010 1011001 10110101010101 111111101111111 101010101110111 11111101010 010 1011001 111011101111101 101110111010111 0110101001011111 11111101010 010 1011001
  • Amount of stanzas: 3
  • Average number of symbols per stanza: 273
  • Average number of words per stanza: 52
  • Amount of lines: 18
  • Average number of symbols per line: 45 (strings are more long than medium ones)
  • Average number of words per line: 9
  • Mood of the speaker:

    The punctuation marks are various. Neither mark predominates.

  • The author used lexical repetitions to emphasize a significant image; an', i are repeated.

    The poet used anaphora at the beginnings of some neighboring lines. The same word an' is repeated.

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

    There is a poetic device epiphora at the end of some neighboring lines hilo is repeated).

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

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  • summary of Back To Hilo;
  • central theme;
  • idea of the verse;
  • history of its creation;
  • critical appreciation.

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