This is an analysis of the poem The Hen's Complaint that begins with:

Beside an incubator stood
The would-be mother of a brood.... full text

Elements of the verse: questions and answers

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  • Rhyme scheme: aa aa bb cc dd ee ff gg hh ff XgXee
  • Stanza lengths (in strings): 2,2,2,2,2,2,2,2,2,2,5,
  • Closest metre: iambic tetrameter
  • –°losest rhyme: couplets
  • –°losest stanza type: tercets
  • Guessed form: unknown form
  • Metre: 01110101 01010001 01011101 110101111 11010001 11100101 01010111 11101101 01011111 11110011 110111010 010101010 11111101 11010111 110101010 1100101010 11011111 01101001 11010101 11011101 0111010101 010111010 100101110 110001010
  • Amount of stanzas: 12
  • Average number of symbols per stanza: 69
  • Average number of words per stanza: 13
  • Amount of lines: 24
  • Average number of symbols per line: 34 (medium-length strings)
  • Average number of words per line: 7
  • Mood of the speaker:

    The punctuation marks are various. Neither mark predominates.

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  • summary of The Hen's Complaint;
  • central theme;
  • idea of the verse;
  • history of its creation;
  • critical appreciation.

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