This is an analysis of the poem The Little Red Dog that begins with:

The Glugs still live in the land of Gosh,
Under the rule of the great King Splosh.... full text

Elements of the verse: questions and answers

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  • Rhyme scheme: aXbbccdd ccbbeeff ggaXhhii ffjjffii ggggkkie llmmiidd ffccffiX bbccggnn mmlliiee ffggoocc ppggggff oogghhXq ff oo ccllllii Xqq
  • Stanza lengths (in strings): 8,8,8,8,8,8,8,8,8,8,8,8,2,2,8,3,
  • Closest metre: iambic pentameter
  • –°losest rhyme: couplets
  • –°losest stanza type: tercets
  • Guessed form: heroic couplets
  • Metre: 011100101 100100111 111010010101 01001001001 100101111 100101111 11101001011 11001001111 1111100101 100101111 1111101001 1111101001 110111101 1011100101 11100100101 0111111101 1100110111 100101101 11011101001 100100111 011110101 111100101 11100100101 11001001001 01101011001 11011011001 11011101001 001011001011 11011001101 101011011011 101001011001 111111001001 101101001011 101011110111 101101101001 001101101001 101001101001 101101001001 11001101101 001011101001 11001101001 101011011001 11001011101 101001101101 101001111011 101101011001 11011101001 11101011001 11111101011 001001101001 111101011010 111011001011 111111011001 11111111011 111001001001 101101011001 11011011001 101011101001 101001011011 101011111001 101101111001 101011001101 111101101011 001001101001 101011101111 101011100111 101111101001 111101111011 111101001111 101001001011 101011101111 101001101001 111011111011 111001001111 101011010001 101111111111 11111001101 00101011001 111001101011 111101011001 101011001001 111001011001 11001011001 11011011111 01011101001 111101001001 101011101011 111101111001 101101100011 101011101011 111101111101 011111011011 111111101001 101001001101 101011111001 11001101011 11001111101 01001011011 01011001111 11101101111 101111011 01101101001 11001111011 11001101101 1010101001 101100101 11101010001 001001111001 1110111001001 101001101011
  • Amount of stanzas: 16
  • Average number of symbols per stanza: 327
  • Average number of words per stanza: 66
  • Amount of lines: 112
  • Average number of symbols per line: 46 (strings are more long than medium ones)
  • Average number of words per line: 9
  • Mood of the speaker:

    The punctuation marks are various. Neither mark predominates.

  • The author used lexical repetitions to emphasize a significant image; and, of, they, it, his, he, so, my, to are repeated.

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

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

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