This is an analysis of the poem The Also-Ran that begins with:

I know I'm dull. I know I got a brain
That's only fit fer fertilizin' 'air.... full text

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  • Rhyme scheme: aXabaa cdcdeX XXXcXb fgfghh cicihh XXbfjj hihicc cfcfXX bkXXjX abaXhX lXlfff kikimm hXhemm iiiiXX hfhfXh ihihkk hahaccXhihiaa
  • Stanza lengths (in strings): 6,6,6,6,6,6,6,6,6,6,6,6,6,6,6,6,13,
  • Closest metre: iambic pentameter
  • –°losest rhyme: alternate rhyme
  • –°losest stanza type: tercets
  • Guessed form: blank verse
  • Metre: 1101111101 1101110001 1111101111 1101 1111110101 0101100101 1111011001 1111101111 1101011001 0101 1100111111 110101011 1111111111 1101011110 1111011101 1001 1011110111 1111011101 1111111101 0100011101 1101011101 1101 1101110101 1101011111 1100011001 1001011011 0111111101 1111 0111111101 0101011101 1110011110 1101010111 0101010011 0101 1101011101 1101011101 1101110101 0101010101 110010101011 1111 0101011101 1011011111 1011111101 0111111111 1100111101 1101 1111011111 0111110111 1111111101 0111110111 11111100010 0111 0101011101 1111110111 1111110011 0111111111 1111011101 1101 1101111101 1111011101 1111111111 1111110100 111011111 1111 1101010101 11011101111 1001110111 1111010001 1111110111 0101 1101111110 1110011001 1101111101 0111010111 1101111111 1111 1111010101 1111011111 1011111011 01111101010 1111011001 11010 1111010111 01111110111 1011111101 0101110111 1111111100 1111 1111010101 1011010111 1101110110 1111110101 1101011101 0101 0101011101 1111101101 11011111111 1111110110 0111110111 1101 1111011111 1101110001 1101111111 0101111111 1111111111 0101 1111111001 0111110111
  • Amount of stanzas: 18
  • Average number of symbols per stanza: 242
  • Average number of words per stanza: 49
  • Amount of lines: 108
  • Average number of symbols per line: 40 (medium-length strings)
  • Average number of words per line: 8
  • Mood of the speaker:

    The punctuation marks are various. Neither mark predominates.

  • The author used lexical repetitions to emphasize a significant image; i, to, ', an', me are repeated.

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

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

    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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  • summary of The Also-Ran;
  • central theme;
  • idea of the verse;
  • history of its creation;
  • critical appreciation.

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