This is an analysis of the poem A Woman's Way that begins with:

Women is strange. You take my tip; I'm wise.
I know enough to know I'll never know... full text

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  • Rhyme scheme: abXbXX cdcddd eceXee XaXaXX fafabb gcXccc egegee hghggX dgdgaa ededaX gcgcgX eieijj dXdXgX agXgjj jejegX cXcegX gaXXdd
  • Stanza lengths (in strings): 6,6,6,6,6,6,6,6,6,6,6,6,6,6,6,6,6,
  • Closest metre: iambic pentameter
  • –°losest rhyme: alternate rhyme
  • –°losest stanza type: tercets
  • Guessed form: blank verse
  • Metre: 1001111101 1101011101 0101111110 1101011101 1111011101 1111011110 1111111111 1101011111 1101011101 1101010101 1001111101 1101011001 1001111111 0101011111 0111011101 1111110110 1011110111 1110111101 1101111101 0010111101 1111110111 1111010101 1111010101 1101010101 1111010111 1001010111 1111011101 1101010111 1101010101 0101111101 1111111101 1111110111 1111111110 1111111101 1001111101 1110111111 10101110111 1010011111 1101010111 1111010101 1001010101 1110010101 1101111111 1101010011 1101011101 1001111101 1110011111 1101110110 1101010101 1101110011 110010100111 110110111 1101010111 1101010111 1101010101 1011010011 1111110111 1111110101 1110010111 1111011101 1101110111 1101010101 0101111111 0111011101 1011011111 1101110110 1111010101 1101110101 1111110111 0110111101 1111111101 0101101101 1101111111 10101110111 0101110101 0101111111 1111011101 1111110111 1101001101 1111010111 0101011110 1001110001 1111111101 1111110101 1111011101 1101011101 11011101101 1011011111 1111011101 1111011110 1111100111 1101110101 101011001 0111011011 1110110111 1101010110 1001111100 0101110101 1111011100 0101011111 1101110111 100111101
  • Amount of stanzas: 17
  • Average number of symbols per stanza: 260
  • Average number of words per stanza: 51
  • Amount of lines: 102
  • Average number of symbols per line: 43 (strings are more long than medium ones)
  • Average number of words per line: 9
  • Mood of the speaker:

    The punctuation marks are various. Neither mark predominates.

  • The author used lexical repetitions to emphasize a significant image; know, me, i, an', 'is are repeated.

    The poet used anaphora at the beginnings of some neighboring lines. The same words they, where, me 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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