This is an analysis of the poem Turkey-Cock that begins with:

You ruffled black blossom,
You glossy dark wind.... full text

Elements of the verse: questions and answers

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  • Rhyme scheme: ab XcXde Xbfg hbi bc dii ea jeXhd he kh cc fieblXmm bel ncli chc lbjfj ghXagXc XhghhkhXc ne gXbh ecdla iXgn XnX X
  • Stanza lengths (in strings): 2,5,4,3,2,3,2,5,2,2,2,8,3,4,3,5,7,9,2,4,5,4,3,1,
  • Closest metre: trochaic pentameter
  • –°losest rhyme: alternate rhyme
  • –°losest stanza type: tercets
  • Guessed form: unknown form
  • Metre: 110110 11011 110100 1110 110010 11010 0010010111101010 11000000 1101 10110010010101 11011101010100 110101001111011 10101 10001001100011 1111101010101 111111011001110100100 01001100100100 11011100100100100011 111101 0111011010 0101110101 1101 0100010010101001011 01001010010101001100000 11011101011 10101010101110100 1010010010 0101101010110000100010 1011010011000111 111101000100101001001 010100110100010 10110011001010111001 11110 111011101 1101011111 01111111010 00110010101 11011101010 10111110010 111101001010 101100101101 10010011001 0110111111 1010101011011 1001010011 100110101101 100111010101 11010100100 10010101111111 1111001100010 0001010011000 1111101010100010011 1101 0101000111001011 11001100101 01110101 1111010011 1101010111 10010111001 110111101001 010011001101000 010010110101 1101010 10010100101 101101010010 1101110 10011000101101 11101 1100 1011110010 10110100010 101101 11010011 1011101111011010101 01001101110111011001010 111011101010 01110 110100100100 1010110100101 11001001001000 01110101000 101110110111001100 010110110100011 11111010111000 0101001001111010 11110011101100100100101 111110101111101 110101 110 10
  • Amount of stanzas: 24
  • Average number of symbols per stanza: 173
  • Average number of words per stanza: 30
  • Amount of lines: 90
  • Average number of symbols per line: 45 (strings are more long than medium ones)
  • 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; of, your, you, and are repeated.

    The poet used anaphora at the beginnings of some neighboring lines. The same words you, and, why, perhaps are repeated.

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

    There is a poetic device epiphora at the end of some neighboring lines together is repeated).

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