This is an analysis of the poem The Tearful Tale Of Captain Dan that begins with:

A sinner was old Captain Dan;
His wives guv him no rest:... full text

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  • Rhyme scheme: abXb cXde faba abbb bgXg afaf bhah ibjb fejX iaaa bgig XafX bcbc bgXg Xcgc hhih giii ibfb bfgf ibbb kaja klal aghX bhchXbfdf
  • Stanza lengths (in strings): 4,4,4,4,4,4,4,4,4,4,4,4,4,4,4,4,4,4,4,4,4,4,4,9,
  • Closest metre: iambic trimeter
  • –°losest rhyme: alternate rhyme
  • –°losest stanza type: tercets
  • Guessed form: unknown form
  • Metre: 01011101 011111 11110110 110101 11010101 001110 11010100 111101 11111101 100101 11011101 110101 10110101 110101 01100101 110101 11110101 110101 11110101 110011 11111111 111001 110101101 010101 11011111 111101 10111101 111101 110100100 110101 11110101 111101 11010111 101101 11110101 100110 01110111 110101 11000101 011101 01011101 010101 01010111 011101 010101110 010101 11011101 011011 110101101 111111 11111101 100111 111100101 010111 11111100 110101 11110110 111111 01010111 010101 10111101 110101 11000011 110101 11011001 110101 11010111 011101 01010101 010011 11010101 110101 11110101 110101 11011111 011111 11100101 111101 11111111 1100101 11000101 010111 01011101 010101 11110101 110101 110111111 111101 11010101 111111 11111101 110101 11001101 011101 11110111 010101 11111101 111011 11010101 110111
  • Amount of stanzas: 25
  • Average number of symbols per stanza: 116
  • Average number of words per stanza: 23
  • Amount of lines: 100
  • Average number of symbols per line: 28 (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; she, and, his, he are repeated.

    The poet used anaphora at the beginnings of some neighboring lines. The same words she, and, you are repeated.

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

    There is a poetic device epiphora at the end of some neighboring lines haze is repeated).

    The literary device anadiplosis is detected in two or more neighboring lines. The word/phrase she connects the lines.

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