This is an analysis of the poem The Ould Has-Been that begins with:
All down by the harbour a-walking one day,
I saw an old hulk by the wharf-side that lay,...
Elements of the verse: questions and answers
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- Rhyme scheme: aabb ccdX eeaX ccdX ccbb ffdd ccaa Xgdd ccaa aadd ggaaXccdd
- Stanza lengths (in strings): 4,4,4,4,4,4,4,4,4,4,9,
- Closest metre: iambic pentameter
- Сlosest rhyme: couplets
- Сlosest stanza type: tercets
- Guessed form: heroic couplets
- Metre: 11101001011 11111101111 01011101101 11101011101 11101101001 11001111001 11111011101 0011010010010 11101001101 001001101101 1010010111001 01011001010 11101101001 01101011101 11111011001 111010010010 11111011001 11101001111 111101001011 10111011011 11011101101 11011001011 11011111011 01111011001 11001011011 01001101001 11001011011 001101001001 11001111101 11011010111 11001111001 11011011001 11001011111 11101011001 11001001001 11011011101 11001101110 11101001001 11001111011 101111011001 11111011011 01011001101 01111001101 001101101101 111111101011 001101001101 11001011101 001111001001
- Amount of stanzas: 12
- Average number of symbols per stanza: 195
- Average number of words per stanza: 40
- Amount of lines: 48
- Average number of symbols per line: 48 (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; her, of, and are repeated.
The poet used anaphora at the beginnings of some neighboring lines. The same words i, and, the are repeated.
The author used the same word i at the beginnings of some neighboring stanzas. The figure of speech is a kind of anaphora.
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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