This is an analysis of the poem The Bench-Legged Fyce that begins with:

Speakin' of dorgs, my bench-legged fyce
Hed most o' the virtues, an' nary a vice.... full text

Elements of the verse: questions and answers

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  • Rhyme scheme: Xabbcc ddeeXX eeffgg cchhaa iijjaX kkllaX ccggaX jXmmnn
  • Stanza lengths (in strings): 6,6,6,6,6,6,6,6,
  • Closest metre: iambic pentameter
  • –°losest rhyme: couplets
  • –°losest stanza type: tercets
  • Guessed form: heroic couplets
  • Metre: 100111101 11101011001 11111001101 001001001001 11001011001 11111111011 1111111011 101101101011 11011101000 11001001011 10101111101100 111001011101 111001101100 01011011011 01101011111 111010101011 01111011101 111101111101 11101001101 01001011111 101011001101 11101001001 11011111011 01101101111 01111001111 11001011001 11001111011 11111011011 101111011101 001101011101 110011111101 11001111001 11001111111 101111111111 11101111101 111101111101 1111111101 01101111001 11011101111 011010011101 10101111101 01001101101 01001111011 001101101010 01001001011 11011011011 01001001011 001011001001
  • Amount of stanzas: 8
  • Average number of symbols per stanza: 286
  • Average number of words per stanza: 56
  • Amount of lines: 48
  • Average number of symbols per line: 47 (strings are more long than medium ones)
  • Average number of words per line: 9
  • Mood of the speaker:

    There are many exclamation marks in the poem. The speaker is excited. He or she has strong feelings on the subject that is described in the poem.

  • The author used lexical repetitions to emphasize a significant image; an', wuz, he, his, of are repeated.

    The poet used anaphora at the beginnings of some neighboring lines. The same words his, to are repeated.

    The poet repeated the same word fyce at the end of some neighboring stanzas. The poetic device is a kind of epiphora.

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  • summary of The Bench-Legged Fyce;
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  • idea of the verse;
  • history of its creation;
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