This is an analysis of the poem The Great God Guff that begins with:

There was once a Simple People - (you, of course, will understand
This is just a little fable of a non-existent land) ... full text

Elements of the verse: questions and answers

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  • Rhyme scheme: aabbcXdX eeffghh aaddaXbX cXhhaaXX ddeegXfX hhhXffXX aaiiaaii ccaahXaX cjhXgghX XghXeejc
  • Stanza lengths (in strings): 8,7,8,8,8,8,8,8,8,8,
  • Closest metre: trochaic pentameter
  • –°losest rhyme: alternate rhyme
  • –°losest stanza type: tercets
  • Guessed form: unknown form
  • Metre: 111010101010101 001010100010101 111010101110101 101110101111101 111011101010101 111000101010001 011110101111111 101010101110100 101011101010111 1010101010100101 011110001011101 111010101010111 111010001011101 011100101010111 101010101011101 101100100111101 001100101010101 101010101110100 111111101110111 101110011011001 1011001010101010 101010100110101 111111001010100 101010111010101 101010100110001 1100111111110001 101110101100101 101110101110101 101110101011101 1011101001000100 101011101010101 101111101000101 101011101010101 101010101010001 101010101111101 111000101111101 111111101110110 101011100010111 101110101011101 101010101011101 101100101010101 1100010111010101 1111101010101000 111011101010111 111110101010101 101010101110111 011111101110001 101010100010101 111110101010101 011010101010101 101110101011101 101111100011101 101010101011111 101011100110101 101110101010111 111010101110101 111110101011111 1010101010010101 111110101010101 101011101010101 101010101100101 101101111010001 101010101110100 111010101110101 101011101010100 101110101000111 101010101110100 101010101010101 111010000010101 1100011101110101 101100100100101 101010101111101 101010101100101 111110101011001 101010101111101 111110100011111 101011111010101 001010101110100 100111101110101
  • Amount of stanzas: 10
  • Average number of symbols per stanza: 502
  • Average number of words per stanza: 92
  • Amount of lines: 88
  • Average number of symbols per line: 56 (very long strings)
  • Average number of words per line: 11
  • Mood of the speaker:

    The punctuation marks are various. Neither mark predominates.

  • The author used lexical repetitions to emphasize a significant image; simple, he, and, of, be, it, to, some, their are repeated.

    The poet used anaphora at the beginnings of some neighboring lines. The same word and is repeated.

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

    The literary device anadiplosis is detected in two or more neighboring lines. The word/phrase brown connects the lines.

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  • summary of The Great God Guff;
  • central theme;
  • idea of the verse;
  • history of its creation;
  • critical appreciation.

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