This is an analysis of the poem The Jaffa And Jerusalem Railway that begins with:

A tortuous double iron track; a station here, a station there;
A locomotive, tender, tanks; a coach with stiff reclining chair;... full text

Elements of the verse: questions and answers

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  • Rhyme scheme: aabbcc ddaacc XXXXXcc
  • Stanza lengths (in strings): 6,6,7,
  • Closest metre: trochaic pentameter
  • Сlosest rhyme: couplets
  • Сlosest stanza type: tercets
  • Guessed form: unknown form
  • Metre: 01001010101010101 0101010101010101 1101110101010101 0101010101010101 00010101110010101 0111100111010100 0111010101011101 0111011001010101 1100110101010101 0101110101010101 1100110111110001 0101010111010100 111101111101010 1 010101000101100000 010010001011001 01011000011010000 1110101010100 0111010111010100
  • Amount of stanzas: 3
  • Average number of symbols per stanza: 394
  • Average number of words per stanza: 64
  • Amount of lines: 19
  • Average number of symbols per line: 61 (very long strings)
  • Average number of words per line: 10
  • Mood of the speaker:

    The punctuation marks are various. Neither mark predominates.

  • The author used lexical repetitions to emphasize a significant image; from is repeated.

    The poet used anaphora at the beginnings of some neighboring lines. The same words a, beware, from are repeated.

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

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