This is an analysis of the poem The Lay Of The White Heifer that begins with:

Home from the fields the kine came slowly winding,
Thro' the soft summer twilight, calm and still,...

Elements of the verse: questions and answers

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  • Rhyme scheme: abXb Xcdc efdf acgc ahXX aXiX aeXX XhXX eigi jjdjXaiai
  • Stanza lengths (in strings): 4,4,4,4,4,4,4,4,4,9,
  • Closest metre: trochaic pentameter
  • Сlosest rhyme: alternate rhyme
  • Сlosest stanza type: tercets
  • Guessed form: unknown form
  • Metre: 10010111010 1011011111 101101010100 00101011101 10110111110 1001000101 01010101010 0111011101 01011001011 1101010101 11110111010 1111010101 0101011110 0111010101 11000100011 1101110101 11011111010 1101110101 10010111010 1011010111 11010111010 0101011110 1001001010 1101000101 11111101010 1101010100 110111111000 1110110111 11110111100 0111110111 11111111110 11010111010 11010101110 11010100101 10011101010 0111010101 110101000011 0101010111 11010101010 1101010001 01110101110 1001010101 11110111110 1101110101
  • Amount of stanzas: 11
  • Average number of symbols per stanza: 177
  • Average number of words per stanza: 33
  • Amount of lines: 44
  • Average number of symbols per line: 43 (strings are more long than medium ones)
  • Average number of words per line: 8
  • Mood of the speaker:

    The punctuation marks are various. Neither mark predominates.

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

    The poet used anaphora at the beginnings of some neighboring lines. The same words no, calling 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.

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

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

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  • summary of The Lay Of The White Heifer;
  • central theme;
  • idea of the verse;
  • history of its creation;
  • critical appreciation.

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