This is an analysis of the poem Jonah’s Luck that begins with:

OUT OF LUCK, mate? Have a liquor. Hang it, where’s the use complaining?
Take your fancy, I’m in funds now—I can stand the racket, Dan.... full text

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  • Rhyme scheme: ababcdcd efeXgdXd ahahXgXg efefeheh Xdcdcgcg ciciebeb jgjgklkl ejejclcl Xdjdbmbm dXddcXcX knkndbdbXebebckck
  • Stanza lengths (in strings): 8,8,8,8,8,8,8,8,8,8,17,
  • Closest metre: trochaic pentameter
  • Сlosest rhyme: alternate rhyme
  • Сlosest stanza type: tercets
  • Guessed form: unknown form
  • Metre: 10111010101001010 111010111110101 1110001011101010 1111101110101001 1011101111101010 101010101111101 1111101010101110 1110101001010101 101101010100101110 111110101110001 1111101010111010 1111101110101 10101011111010010 111011101011101 11101111111001010 101110111111101 11111111111101010 101001101010101 1110111110100110 111111101110101 1110101011111110 111010110110101 1111100011111000 1111111110101001 1100101111111010 11101010111101 1111101011101010 111010101110111 111111110111010 110010111110001 11111001111101010 111010111111111 1011111111101100 1110111010111101 1111101111001010 111011100011101 1011111011101110 111011101111101 1110100110101110 101011101110111 0111101010111010 111011111010111 1111111011101010 001010101011101 1011101011101110 111010101111001 11101010011100110 11101110111101 0111101111101011 1110100111010101 11101110111001110 111110101110101 1011101011100110 101100111110101 1110101010111010 111110101111111 111011111111010 11101111111111 10111010111101010 111011100010101 1110101110111010 1111101111110101 1011100010111110 0111101010101101 10101111111010100 1011110101011111 1110111111100110 111010101110101 1111101010101010 100111001110101 1110101011110010 001110101110011 111010011110101 111011101011100 11111110111101000 001101100111101 1110111011111010 101011101110111 11110101011101010 1011111110100101 1000101010101010 101011101110101 1011111111101110 111000101110101 1010101001111110 111010101010111 10111010111101010 101110101110101 1011111010001110 101000100010111 1011111010101010 101010100010001 1010101011101010 101011111010101 1111101110100010 1011101010001101
  • Amount of stanzas: 12
  • Average number of symbols per stanza: 516
  • Average number of words per stanza: 104
  • Amount of lines: 96
  • Average number of symbols per line: 64 (very long strings)
  • Average number of words per line: 13
  • Mood of the speaker:

    The punctuation marks are various. Neither mark predominates.

  • The author used lexical repetitions to emphasize a significant image; your, i, and, s, it, he, his, had, at, on, they, to, old, you, with are repeated.

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