This is an analysis of the poem Washing Day that begins with:

I. WASHING DAY
The little gipsy vi'lits, they wus peepin' thro' the green... full text

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  • Rhyme scheme: abbccXc dddXee eebbff aagghX eXaaii XdjjhX Xckkbb hhaaee XebbXX eellXk
  • Stanza lengths (in strings): 7,6,6,6,6,6,6,6,6,6,
  • Closest metre: iambic pentameter
  • –°losest rhyme: couplets
  • –°losest stanza type: tercets
  • Guessed form: heroic couplets
  • Metre: 1101 01010101110101 11110001110101 01110101110101 01110111110111 11110101011111 101011101111101 11110001111101 11111011110111 11111100111111 11111101111111 1010110111010111 10011111011101 10110111111101 101010101110111 11011111110101 101110101011101 01111101111101 111010101010110 111010101111101 111010001111111 11111111111101 101011101010111 101010101111101 11010111111101 01110111010101 11000101110111 101011110110111 101011101110101 111011101010101 11010011110101 111011101011001 11010101110101 11111111100111 11011101110011 111010101110111 11111100111101 111010101110011 11011100110111 11010101010101 11010101111101 11000101110101 110010101011111 111110101110101 111111101111011 111100101110101 111011101110011 11011111110110 11000111110101 101010101111101 11111111010011 11111100110111 01111100011111 11011111111101 111101011110101 01010101110111 101010111010111 110111101111101 11011001111011 1101011111010 101000101110111
  • Amount of stanzas: 10
  • Average number of symbols per stanza: 386
  • Average number of words per stanza: 75
  • Amount of lines: 70
  • Average number of symbols per line: 54 (very long strings)
  • Average number of words per line: 11
  • Mood of the speaker:

    The punctuation marks are various. Neither mark predominates.

  • The author used lexical repetitions to emphasize a significant image; wus, 'er, she, i, an', in, it, fer, i've, 'em, seen, when, to, 'ave, yeh, know, uv, me are repeated.

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

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

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