This is an analysis of the poem Dad that begins with:

I've knowed ole Flood this last five year or more;
I knoo 'im when 'is Syd went to the war.... full text

Elements of the verse: questions and answers

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  • Rhyme scheme: aaXbcc ddeedd ddddbb ffgghh hhiihh jjjjkk XlggbX ddhhbX XehXjX llhhXg jjeXhh aacXXa mmnncc llggii ddXbXXXnnjjii
  • Stanza lengths (in strings): 6,6,6,6,6,6,6,6,6,6,6,6,6,6,13,
  • Closest metre: iambic pentameter
  • –°losest rhyme: couplets
  • –°losest stanza type: tercets
  • Guessed form: heroic couplets
  • Metre: 1111011111 1111111001 0111111111 1111110111 11001111101 01111011101 1111011111 1011011101 1100111011 1000010011 1111011111 0111000111 1111101101 1111011001 011110111 1101110111 1111011101 1111010101 1101011001 1101010111 11011100001 1101010101 1101110101 1101111111 1111110101 1101000111 1011011111 0111000101 10011110110 1011011101 1111011101 1111010111 1101111111 1101010011 1111010111 0110010011 11011111000 0101111101 0111111101 1111011101 1101110111 11110101010 11011011111 0001101101 1111011101 1111111011 1111100111 1111101101 1111111111 1111000111 11011111111 1101110111 1101111101 1111111111 1111010101 1111111011 1111111101 1101111111 1101111101 1101111111 1101111101 1101110011 1011011011 0111111111 10111011101 1101110111 1111010101 1111111101 1111010101 0101111100 1111111011 1111110111 1111110111 1111011101 1111011111 1101111101 0111111111 1101011101 1101110111 0111010011 1101111101 1101100111 1110110101 11001011111 0111011111 1101010101 01111100101 1011011111 0111111101 11111101100 1111110111 0101111101 0111011101 1110110101 1101110111 11001011111
  • Amount of stanzas: 16
  • Average number of symbols per stanza: 266
  • Average number of words per stanza: 55
  • Amount of lines: 96
  • Average number of symbols per line: 44 (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; as, in, 'is, an', no, i, 'im are repeated.

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

    There is a poetic device epiphora at the end of some neighboring lines ' is repeated).

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