This is an analysis of the poem A Land Shanty that begins with:

Sou' sou' east, with the course set fair
Heave ho, me hearties!... full text

Elements of the verse: questions and answers

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  • Rhyme scheme: aXaaX bbbX bXbbX cccX dXdXX XXXX
  • Stanza lengths (in strings): 5,4,5,4,5,4,
  • Closest metre: trochaic tetrameter
  • –°losest rhyme: no rhyme
  • –°losest stanza type: tercets
  • Guessed form: unknown form
  • Metre: 11100111 11110 101011101 1010101 11110 11110101 101110101 111110111 11110 11101 11110 101111111 101111111 11110 101011101 111010001 1111101101 111110 1101111011 11110 101111111 001010101 11110 11010111 101111101 11010011 0011110
  • Amount of stanzas: 6
  • Average number of symbols per stanza: 155
  • Average number of words per stanza: 31
  • Amount of lines: 27
  • Average number of symbols per line: 34 (medium-length strings)
  • Average number of words per line: 7
  • Mood of the speaker:

    There are many exclamation marks in the poem. The speaker is excited. He or she has strong feelings on the subject that is described in the poem.

  • The author used lexical repetitions to emphasize a significant image; me is repeated.

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

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  • summary of A Land Shanty;
  • central theme;
  • idea of the verse;
  • history of its creation;
  • critical appreciation.

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