This is an analysis of the poem In The First Elective Ministry that begins with:

In the neolithic age of our Australia, long ago,
There dwelt a wise old chieftain, as you probably don't know;... full text

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  • Rhyme scheme: aabb ccdd ddeX ccff gXgg XecX Xghh eeii jjcc aXkk ccll ccgX ffdX iicX mmjj
  • Stanza lengths (in strings): 4,4,4,4,4,4,4,4,4,4,4,4,4,4,4,
  • Closest metre: iambic pentameter
  • –°losest rhyme: couplets
  • –°losest stanza type: sonnet
  • Guessed form: heroic couplets
  • Metre: 00100101010101 11011101110011 01011101110001 101111101010101 101110101100101 11011101010101 10010100010011 00011100111101 101010100010111 101010101010111 11001100110001 110111000100110 101000100010001 1100001010011101 0011110111101 101111000010101 11011100010111 01000101111000 11010101010101 101010100111101 01000101000111 11000100010101 110101000011101 1010111010101010 101001101110100 101110101110111 101010111011101 101010101010101 001001100100101 101100100010001 01111101111101 101110101010101 01011111110111 11110101010101 11010100110101 11011101010001 11111111010011 01111100111111 11010100110101 10010001010101 110100101111101 101110100110101 11111100010111 11001101110001 11010100111101 11011101010101 101011101110101 110101010101010 11010001110101 11011100101111 11010111010101 010101011101010 11010011110101 11111110111101 11010101110101 0101111010101 10110101001111 11100100111101 01011101010111 101010101010101
  • Amount of stanzas: 15
  • Average number of symbols per stanza: 237
  • Average number of words per stanza: 42
  • Amount of lines: 60
  • Average number of symbols per line: 59 (very long strings)
  • Average number of words per line: 10
  • Mood of the speaker:

    The punctuation marks are various. Neither mark predominates.

  • The author used lexical repetitions to emphasize a significant image; his, to, and, not, of are repeated.

    The author used the same words for, the 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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