This is an analysis of the poem Marshal Neigh, V.C. that begins with:

He came from tumbled country past the
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  • Rhyme scheme: abacXdXd XefeXfef Xghghcic XjijXfgf kXlggmjm cnlnkoco fmaXnjkj khXhnihi pclclmmm pflfXfff mqcqeheh qkhkXgqX XbXcacac gqcqkmXm ahXhijlj qeeegghX
  • Stanza lengths (in strings): 8,8,8,8,8,8,8,8,8,8,8,8,8,8,8,8,
  • Closest metre: iambic trimeter
  • –°losest rhyme: alternate rhyme
  • –°losest stanza type: tercets
  • Guessed form: unknown form
  • Metre: 110101010 10101 1011101010 10101 1010111010 10101 11101010101 0101 11110101100 101 01101110101 0101 10101010101 1010 10101010101 0101 011101101010 111 10101000111 0101 10101100101 1101 0101011011 10001 11110101111 101 11011101111 001 110011010111 11 11101110100 0101 111100101 011101 110101011 10101 1110111011 10101 10001010101 0101 111111101 1101110 111110101 1101110 111011101 1010101 1111101111 11111 11101010101 1111 1010101010 10100 111001101110 101 001111001010 101 111010101010 101 1110111111 10111 10101010010110 11 0101110101 1101 11010111010 111 0011101010 10101 000010101110 101 111011100010 101 101011101010 111 0111010101 0101 110101010101 01 111001101010 001 1010101011100 01 1010111011 11101 110110101011 101 001110101011 101 1110101010 10101 01101010101 0100 101000111010 101 0100100101010 1 11010101010 101 0010111110101 01 1011111010 10101 101010101010 101 111010111 011111 1010111011 10101 1001101001100 01 110101010100 001 1111101010 10101 1110111010 10001 1111101011 10111 101010101110 101 001000101011 001 111010111 111011 1110111011 11100 1011101101 1011
  • Amount of stanzas: 16
  • Average number of symbols per stanza: 252
  • Average number of words per stanza: 46
  • Amount of lines: 128
  • Average number of symbols per line: 31 (strings are less long than medium ones)
  • Average number of words per line: 6
  • Mood of the speaker:

    The punctuation marks are various. Neither mark predominates.

  • The author used lexical repetitions to emphasize a significant image; him, 'n', he'd, we are repeated.

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

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