This is an analysis of the poem A Friendly Game Of Football that begins with:

We were challenged by The Dingoes - they're the pride of Squatter's Gap-
To a friendly game of football on the flat by Devil's Trap.... full text

Elements of the verse: questions and answers

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  • Rhyme scheme: aabb XXcc ddaa eeff gghh iicc eeff jjaa kkcc iiaa eeXX ffkk ccbb ffll
  • Stanza lengths (in strings): 4,4,4,4,4,4,4,4,4,4,4,4,4,4,
  • Closest metre: iambic pentameter
  • –°losest rhyme: couplets
  • –°losest stanza type: tercets
  • Guessed form: heroic couplets
  • Metre: 101010101010101 001010111011101 111011101010001 101001101010001 111010010110001 001010101010101 011010101011110 101010100011101 111110111011101 101001100110101 111110101110111 011010110010101 101010111111101 1001110101010101 1111101011101001 111010110010111 111010101010001 001010101010001 101110101110101 011110101110001 111011101110101 10101010010100101 111010100010101 101011101110011 1010001101010101 111010101110101 101001111010111 111010111010001 1011010001110101 111010100010101 111010101010101 1010101111110101 001111101111111 111000101110101 1011101101110101 101010100010101 101010111010111 111010100011100 11000101111111 101010101010101 101010101010101 101110101011101 1011010100010001 101000111010101 111010111110111 1011111010100111 101001101110101 1011010101010011 111010100010101 101000101010001 001011101010101 01001011010101 1110101110110011 111000111011101 111010101010101 101011101011011
  • Amount of stanzas: 14
  • Average number of symbols per stanza: 246
  • Average number of words per stanza: 46
  • Amount of lines: 56
  • Average number of symbols per line: 61 (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; of, it, and, we are repeated.

    The poet used anaphora at the beginnings of some neighboring lines. The same word and is repeated.

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