This is an analysis of the poem A Lonely Man that begins with:

When I'm out among the fellows, with the work to hold my mind,
Then there's heaps of joy in livin' an' the world seems awful kind ... full text

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  • Rhyme scheme: aabacc ddXdaa eeXeff ffXfgg hhehii jjXjaa ggXgkk lleXaX iiXimm nnXncc ccbcmm kkXkff iifioo ddXdkk ppepkk aakaee Xebeaa
  • Stanza lengths (in strings): 6,6,6,6,6,6,6,6,6,6,6,6,6,6,6,6,6,
  • Closest metre: trochaic pentameter
  • –°losest rhyme: enclosed rhyme
  • –°losest stanza type: tercets
  • Guessed form: unknown form
  • Metre: 101010100010111 111010101011101 1011101001101010 111110111010101 101010101111101 1011101011011101 101011101110101 101111101111101 1110101011111010 101011111110111 001010101010101 101011101010000 01000100110101 11011101010111 1011111011111010 101110111011101 0101101111111 11010111000111 11111101111101 01110101011101 1011101011101110 11110101010101 00011111111111 111111100010111 11010101011111 11110101010011 1110111011111010 111110111011101 11010011111001 01011111110111 01111111110101 01011101010101 110111010101010 101000111010101 110101011100101 11110111110001 11011111011101 11010111110101 0010001010101010 001110111110101 11010100011111 1111011111110 11101101110101 110010101011101 1011111011111010 101010111110111 11010101111111 11110111010101 101010101010101 110111010010001 1011101010101110 111111100010001 10111010111111 10111011111111 111111101110111 101110101010101 1111101011111110 0010110110011101 101011101110001 1110101010100101 101111111011101 011000101111101 1101101000100110 101010100010101 111000101110101 1111101100110001 111000101111101 101101101010001 1111101011111010 101011101010111 111000101111100 101010101011101 111110101010111 101011100110101 1010101000101010 111011101010101 111111100010101 101110100011111 111000101001101 111111000110101 0110111010101010 111110101011101 101010101011111 111110111111101 101110101110111 10100010101101 1010101010001010 111101111110001 1110010101110101 101100011010111 111001101101101 111110101011101 00101110111101110 101000100010111 101011101010101 101110101110101 101011101011100 101110101011101 1110101001111010 111110101110101 111110111010101 111000101111101
  • Amount of stanzas: 17
  • Average number of symbols per stanza: 381
  • Average number of words per stanza: 75
  • Amount of lines: 103
  • Average number of symbols per line: 62 (very long strings)
  • Average number of words per line: 12
  • Mood of the speaker:

    The punctuation marks are various. Neither mark predominates.

  • The author used lexical repetitions to emphasize a significant image; an', awful, when, he, my, of, i've, that, i, to, like, he's, his, it, make are repeated.

    The poet used anaphora at the beginnings of some neighboring lines. The same words an', i are repeated.

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