This is an analysis of the poem To The Boys Who Took The Count that begins with:

See, I'm writin' to Mick as a bloke to a bloke
To a cobber o' mine at the front ... full text

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  • Rhyme scheme: ababbaXa cdcdefef egeghXhb ifXfXbXb jfjfbkbk lhlhXiXi jXjbimim mhmhbibi djXjidXX nonojiji lkbkbobo bXbaibXb
  • Stanza lengths (in strings): 8,8,8,8,8,8,8,8,8,8,8,8,
  • Closest metre: iambic pentameter
  • –°losest rhyme: alternate rhyme
  • –°losest stanza type: tercets
  • Guessed form: blank verse
  • Metre: 101001101001 001011101 101011101011 101101001 11110111011 111011011 111011011111 110111001 101001011001 001011011 11011101101 111101001 111111111011 111011001 110001111001 101001100 011001001011 11011011 11001101101 111101111 111111111101 111011101 110001111011 111001011 111011001111 111011010 111111001011 101101001 111011101011 101110001 110001111011 101001101 11001101001 001101111 101101101001 101101001 11111111011 001011111 110001111001 101101011 101011101101 001111011 101111011001 001111101 111111101001 111011011 1010001101101 111011011 101011001011 101101011 101011101011 111001001 10101101001 101111011 110001111011 101001101 101001111111 111101011 111011010001 111111011 111101111001 111101011 110001101001 101011011 101101101101 101101001 111011111110 101011011 101011101101 011101011 110001101011 111001111 111011111001 11001101 011011111001 101101001 111011001011 001011011 110001111101 111101101 111101101001 111011111 001101101101 101111001 110011101001 111011011 110001101101 11011101 101001101011 101101001 11111111011 111101101 111001111111 111101001 1001111111011 111110001
  • Amount of stanzas: 12
  • Average number of symbols per stanza: 352
  • Average number of words per stanza: 73
  • Amount of lines: 96
  • Average number of symbols per line: 43 (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; to, an', 'e, they, wus, it, wiv, fer, i are repeated.

    The poet used anaphora at the beginnings of some neighboring lines. The same words an', 'oo are repeated.

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