This is an analysis of the poem Old Town Types No27 - Sergeant Mat Mcgillicuddy that begins with:

King of all the old town, gaoler, censor, too,
Bane of heavy sinners doing things they shouldn't do,... full text

Elements of the verse: questions and answers

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  • Rhyme scheme: aaXbccdd eeffggdd eeeeccdd hhiibXX
  • Stanza lengths (in strings): 8,8,8,7,
  • Closest metre: iambic pentameter
  • –°losest rhyme: couplets
  • –°losest stanza type: tercets
  • Guessed form: heroic couplets
  • Metre: 10101110101 1010101011101 1000101000101 101110010001 11110011110111 101111010001 001001100010101 11010100010001 101010101010101 11010100010111 1110101011101 10101010111 0110011010111 01000101110101 001110101010101 1010100010001 111111110101 0101011110001 111111111010101 110101011111000 01010100010101 101010101111101 11000111010101 1110111101010001 111110100010111 111010011011101 11011001110101 101100111010101 0101010010101 101010101000101 11101011101010
  • Amount of stanzas: 4
  • Average number of symbols per stanza: 435
  • Average number of words per stanza: 78
  • Amount of lines: 31
  • Average number of symbols per line: 55 (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; of, his, days are repeated.

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

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