This is an analysis of the poem Sailor Town that begins with:

Along the wharves in sailor town a singing whisper goes
Of the wind among the anchored ships, the wind that blows...

Elements of the verse: questions and answers

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  • Rhyme scheme: aabb cccc ddaa aXee ffdd
  • 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: 010100101010101 0010101010111 10110101010111 1010101000111 101101010101 10111010111 00110100010111 10111010101 100101010100101 101001110111 10101111101 10110011111 111011010101 0000101010101 10111010110111 11101011101 11010101010111 0111010011101 1111010111101 11110110010
  • Amount of stanzas: 5
  • Average number of symbols per stanza: 212
  • Average number of words per stanza: 40
  • Amount of lines: 20
  • Average number of symbols per line: 52 (very long strings)
  • 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, old, in are repeated.

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

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