This is an analysis of the poem Brown's Tram that begins with:

A city clerk was Henry Brown,
Whose suburb knew nor tram nor train;... full text

Elements of the verse: questions and answers

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  • Rhyme scheme: aaa aba bcb cdc dbd bab aea Xfe fgf ghg idh dgd gjg jdj dhd iki kXX dhd iahXaia
  • Stanza lengths (in strings): 3,3,3,3,3,3,3,3,3,3,3,3,3,3,3,3,3,3,7,
  • Closest metre: iambic tetrameter
  • –°losest rhyme: alternate rhyme
  • –°losest stanza type: tercets
  • Guessed form: ballad stanza
  • Metre: 01011101 11011111 11011101 01110101 11001101 11111101 11010101 01011101 11110101 01000101 01010101 11010101 11110101 11011101 11011100 11110001 11001101 110001001 11011101 01010111 11011101 111111110 11010100 11111101 01010101 0111111 11011101 11010101 10011100 11010101 11111111 11010111 11100100 11010101 11000111 10110101 11010101 11010101 11011101 01011001 11010101 11111101 11011101 11010100 11011011 11010010 11110001 01000111 11011101 01010101 01110100 01111101 110100100 11010101 01011111 11110101 01110100 01110111 01110111 11001101
  • Amount of stanzas: 20
  • Average number of symbols per stanza: 104
  • Average number of words per stanza: 20
  • Amount of lines: 60
  • Average number of symbols per line: 34 (medium-length strings)
  • Average number of words per line: 7
  • Mood of the speaker:

    The punctuation marks are various. Neither mark predominates.

  • The author used lexical repetitions to emphasize a significant image; his, and are repeated.

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

    The author used the same words he, the at the beginnings of some neighboring stanzas. The figure of speech is a kind of anaphora.

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