This is an analysis of the poem The Lean, Brown Man that begins with:

There's a big, brown man in the hinterland
Whom the nation had forgot;... full text

Elements of the verse: questions and answers

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  • Rhyme scheme: abcbdede afbfaacX agXgXbXb afffcaXa
  • Stanza lengths (in strings): 8,8,8,8,
  • Closest metre: iambic tetrameter
  • –°losest rhyme: alternate rhyme
  • –°losest stanza type: tercets
  • Guessed form: ballad stanza
  • Metre: 1011100101 1010101 1010110101 1111101 1010110101 1110101 11111101 1011111 1010100101 010111 001011101 0010111 0011100111 1100101 101011111 1111000 101100101 110111 001011111 0010101 111110110 1100101 1110111101 1010111 1010100101 111111 1010110111 010101 11110101 1010111 11111101 1010101
  • Amount of stanzas: 4
  • Average number of symbols per stanza: 283
  • Average number of words per stanza: 54
  • Amount of lines: 35
  • Average number of symbols per line: 31 (strings are less long than medium ones)
  • Average number of words per line: 6
  • Mood of the speaker:

    The punctuation marks are various. Neither mark predominates.

  • The author used lexical repetitions to emphasize a significant image; man, and, he are repeated.

    The poet used anaphora at the beginnings of some neighboring lines. The same words and, in are repeated.

    The author used the same word there's at the beginnings of some neighboring stanzas. The figure of speech is a kind of anaphora.

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