This is an analysis of the poem The Alternative - 1908 that begins with:

If, some day, you should find me, cold and stark
If you should stumble o'er my lifeless clay... full text

Elements of the verse: questions and answers

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  • Rhyme scheme: ababcc dedeff gcgcXX bXbXhh cccXii
  • Stanza lengths (in strings): 6,6,6,6,6,
  • Closest metre: iambic pentameter
  • –°losest rhyme: rima
  • –°losest stanza type: tercets
  • Guessed form: blank verse
  • Metre: 0111111111 01110101101 0111011101 1101 1011111111 1101111101 0111011101 1111011101 0011110101 1101 1101111101 0101000100 1101111101 1101010101 10101111111 1101 1101010011 11010111101 1011101111 11110011100 1101011111 1010 1101010101 1100111101 1111010100 01111100111 110110001 0111 1101111011 1101010101
  • Amount of stanzas: 5
  • Average number of symbols per stanza: 227
  • Average number of words per stanza: 45
  • Amount of lines: 34
  • Average number of symbols per line: 33 (medium-length strings)
  • Average number of words per line: 7
  • Mood of the speaker:

    The punctuation marks are various. Neither mark predominates.

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