This is an analysis of the poem The Oil From Bill Shane that begins with:

I got the oil: too right. A cove called Shane.
Yes; ole Bill Shane. You've 'eard of 'im, of course.... full text

Elements of the verse: questions and answers

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  • Rhyme scheme: aXaXbaba cacadede fgfgXgXg gaXagfgf
  • Stanza lengths (in strings): 8,8,8,8,
  • Closest metre: iambic pentameter
  • –°losest rhyme: rima
  • –°losest stanza type: tercets
  • Guessed form: blank verse
  • Metre: 1101110111 1111110101 1101111001 011110101 0111111101 1101111111 1111011111 1111010111 1111110111 1101010111 1111110101 1111110101 1101011111 1011010101 1111011001 1111000111 1111011101 1101011101 0110101101 1101110101 1101111100 1111011101 1111011100 1111101101 1101111101 1111110101 1011011001 0111110101 1011111101 1111010111 1101010111 1111011101
  • Amount of stanzas: 3
  • Average number of symbols per stanza: 490
  • Average number of words per stanza: 94
  • Amount of lines: 33
  • Average number of symbols per line: 44 (strings are more long than medium ones)
  • Average number of words per line: 9
  • Mood of the speaker:

    The speaker asks many questions. Perhaps, he or she is in confusion.

  • The author used lexical repetitions to emphasize a significant image; i, shane, it are repeated.

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

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