This is an analysis of the poem The Little Black Cormorant that begins with:

By inlet and islet and wide river reaches,
By lake and lagoon I'm at home,... full text

Elements of the verse: questions and answers

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  • Rhyme scheme: abXbXc adadcX XbXbcc XeXedd
  • Stanza lengths (in strings): 6,6,6,6,
  • Closest metre: iambic pentameter
  • –°losest rhyme: shakespearean sonnet
  • –°losest stanza type: tercets
  • Guessed form: blank verse
  • Metre: 111110111010 11101011 110110011110 01011011 100111001001 101011001011 110010110010 01011001 111010110010 01011001 101001101011 1001011001011 1011010110010 01001101 110010111110 01101011 011001111101 111101011001 111111010110 01001001 110010011110 011001011 101001111001 101101011001
  • Amount of stanzas: 4
  • Average number of symbols per stanza: 259
  • Average number of words per stanza: 50
  • Amount of lines: 24
  • Average number of symbols per line: 42 (strings are more long than medium ones)
  • 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; and is repeated.

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

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

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  • summary of The Little Black Cormorant;
  • central theme;
  • idea of the verse;
  • history of its creation;
  • critical appreciation.

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