This is an analysis of the poem Bird - Seed that begins with:

Old Pete Parraday, he isn't very wise
Or so the local gossips say - They love to criticise... full text

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  • Rhyme scheme: aXbbccXX dddXeefX aaXXgggg hhffaafX
  • Stanza lengths (in strings): 8,8,8,8,
  • Closest metre: trochaic pentameter
  • –°losest rhyme: couplets
  • –°losest stanza type: tercets
  • Guessed form: unknown form
  • Metre: 11100100101 11010101110100 01011101011111 101110101010001 11010100010101 010111011100111 01010110110110 111111000111100 11100110101 10001000111 1111100010101 1010101000111 11011100110101 10110101110111 11010110111 11110111111100 1101111011101 11011111010111 101010100111101 1111011010111 11010010101 11110111110001 11101111110111 111001111111111 11110100010001 11111010110101 11110101010101 11011100111111 11011101110101 10010101110011 1100111110111 11010101111100
  • Amount of stanzas: 4
  • Average number of symbols per stanza: 461
  • Average number of words per stanza: 88
  • Amount of lines: 32
  • Average number of symbols per line: 57 (very long strings)
  • Average number of words per line: 11
  • Mood of the speaker:

    The punctuation marks are various. Neither mark predominates.

  • The author used lexical repetitions to emphasize a significant image; his, he, and, for, i, me, of are repeated.

    The author used the same word old at the beginnings of some neighboring stanzas. The figure of speech is a kind of anaphora.

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

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