This is an analysis of the poem The Watch On Deck that begins with:

Becalmed upon the equatorial seas,
   A ship of gold lay on a sea of fire; ...

Elements of the verse: questions and answers

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  • Rhyme scheme: abbaabba ccdeed
  • Stanza lengths (in strings): 8,6,
  • Closest metre: iambic pentameter
  • –°losest rhyme: alternate rhyme
  • –°losest stanza type: tercets
  • Guessed form: Shakespearean sonnet
  • Metre: 01010101001 11011101010 11111110010 10010010001 1101010011 111100111010 11011101010 1101110101 1100010101 101110001 1100010101 1011001001 1101000111 1111110101
  • Amount of stanzas: 2
  • Average number of symbols per stanza: 367
  • Average number of words per stanza: 54
  • Amount of lines: 14
  • Average number of symbols per line: 52 (very long 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; of is repeated.

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  • summary of The Watch On Deck;
  • central theme;
  • idea of the verse;
  • history of its creation;
  • critical appreciation.

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