This is an analysis of the poem The Philistine that begins with:

Smith is a very stupid man;
He lives next door to me;... full text

Elements of the verse: questions and answers

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  • Rhyme scheme: AbacXdad eeeeXXfX ghgheXei ififgaga ecebafAf jdjdfgfg khkhghgh leledXdh ggggmeme dmdmhehe nonoagAg gagafefe Xehemgmg pXpagdgd eeeeeeee hfhfeaXaXhhhhgaga
  • Stanza lengths (in strings): 8,8,8,8,8,8,8,8,8,8,8,8,8,8,8,17,
  • Closest metre: iambic trimeter
  • –°losest rhyme: alternate rhyme
  • –°losest stanza type: tercets
  • Guessed form: unknown form
  • Metre: 10010101 111101 11110111 011100 11110100 111101 01011101 110101 01110101 110111 110101001 110101 11110100 110101 01110111 111010 11111101 111111 11001101 111111 01010111 110101 01010101 100101 11010101 110101 00011101 010011 11111101 000101 11010101 100100 11010101 010100 11011111 111101 11010101 110101 10010101 110101 10111101 110101 11010001 111101 11010111 110001 11011111 110101 111100001 110101 10111101 110001 11010101 110001 10110101 111101 11111101 110101 11010111 010101 11110101 111100 11010101 111101 11010101 010111 11011101 010101 11010001 110101 1111111 010001 11110101 010101 111100001 010101 11110101 111100 11010101 010101 01111101 011101 11011101 010101 01101111 110111 10010101 111101 01111101 110001 01100111 101111 11010101 110111 11110101 010101 01100011 110100 11011111 010100 11100101 110111 11010111 110101 11111101 110100 11111111 110111 11110111 110101 11100101 110101 11110101 011111 11110101 110101 10011111 110101 01110101 111111 11111111 0101001 01101101 110111 01010101 111101 11010101 111011 11111111 110111 11010001 110111 11010101 110101 11010101 110101
  • Amount of stanzas: 17
  • Average number of symbols per stanza: 236
  • Average number of words per stanza: 45
  • Amount of lines: 136
  • Average number of symbols per line: 29 (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; he, nor, his, of, some, i are repeated.

    The poet used anaphora at the beginnings of some neighboring lines. The same words he, nor are repeated.

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

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

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