This is an analysis of the poem Whales that begins with:

The ways of the learned to me are 'Greek,'
And professors and such amaze me.... full text

Elements of the verse: questions and answers

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  • Rhyme scheme: XaXa bcbc dddd
  • Stanza lengths (in strings): 4,4,4,
  • Closest metre: trochaic pentameter
  • –°losest rhyme: rima
  • –°losest stanza type: sonnet
  • Guessed form: unknown form
  • Metre: 010010111 101011011 1101100111 111011111 1100101111 111101010 01001011001 101101110 111001101001 1010110010 001111001001 101001010
  • Amount of stanzas: 3
  • Average number of symbols per stanza: 166
  • Average number of words per stanza: 33
  • Amount of lines: 12
  • Average number of symbols per line: 41 (medium-length strings)
  • Average number of words per line: 8
  • Mood of the speaker:

    The punctuation marks are various. Neither mark predominates.

  • The author used lexical repetitions to emphasize a significant image; me is repeated.

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  • summary of Whales;
  • central theme;
  • idea of the verse;
  • history of its creation;
  • critical appreciation.

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