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

A man's a mug. I've worked the 'ole thing out
To-day, down in the orchard where I sat... full text

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  • Rhyme scheme: aaXaaa bXbcaa dXadee afafgg Xeeahh XdXdee XaaXXXhahXXX hXihXf ejjedd XXakXX keekhh eieidd cXXcaa hdhdhh ahhaii dkXkaaXcddcaa
  • Stanza lengths (in strings): 6,6,6,6,6,6,12,6,6,6,6,6,6,6,6,13,
  • Closest metre: iambic pentameter
  • –°losest rhyme: rondeau rhyme
  • –°losest stanza type: tercets
  • Guessed form: blank verse
  • Metre: 0101110111 0110010111 1001110111 1101000101 0111111101 1101111111 0001010101 1001110111 01100011101 1001111111 0111111101 1011101011 1101010111 0111110111 1101010111 1111111101 0100111111 0101011100 1111011101 0111111111 1110111101 0101110101 0111011101 1101001101 1111101111 1111110101 1101110001 1110011101 1001010111 0111010111 01010011101 0111011101 0111011100 1101011101 1101111101 1011111101 1110000100 1101111111 1001011110 1101110001 1101011101 11011111011 1111110011 1110110111 1011110101 11111101111 1111111111 11101100110 1111011101 11001110101 1101011101 1111110101 11001101011 1011010111 1101000101 0110111101 0101011101 111111010 11001101111 10111110111 1101100111 1111111011 0111110101 1101110101 1011111101 1111011100 1100110100 1011010101 11011001100 1111010111 110011111 1101010101 1001111111 1111111101 0111001110 1110011011 1011111111 1100110101 1011111101 1111010101 1111011110 0101100111 1111110101 1100010101 0101000101 1101001101 1111111101 1101010111 1111010101 0111011001 1101010111 1101110001 1111001101 1111111111 1011001101 1110111101 1011011001 1101111111 1111010110 1111001111 1111010101 0100110101 1001010001 1001010101 1101010111 1110111111 0101011111 1111011101
  • Amount of stanzas: 17
  • Average number of symbols per stanza: 275
  • Average number of words per stanza: 55
  • Amount of lines: 108
  • Average number of symbols per line: 42 (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; an', me, i, ', 'e are repeated.

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

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

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