This is an analysis of the poem The Old Homestead that begins with:

JEST as atween the awk'ard lines a hand we love has penn'd
Appears a meanin' hid from other eyes,... full text

Elements of the verse: questions and answers

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  • Rhyme scheme: ababcdcX ebebababdXdX fgfg
  • Stanza lengths (in strings): 8,12,4,
  • Closest metre: iambic pentameter
  • Сlosest rhyme: shakespearean sonnet
  • Сlosest stanza type: sonnet
  • Guessed form: blank verse
  • Metre: 11100101011111 0101010101 10110111110101 01011011001 11010101110111 0110110101 101001101111101 01010101101 11110100110111 11110100100 01000100110101 10101010011 101000101010101 0101010001 01110110011101 10100110101 11110101110101 11101010101 001110101110111 0101010111 1111011001111 00101110011 11110100111101 0011010001
  • Amount of stanzas: 3
  • Average number of symbols per stanza: 417
  • Average number of words per stanza: 77
  • Amount of lines: 24
  • Average number of symbols per line: 51 (strings are more long than medium ones)
  • 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; in, an', with are repeated.

    The poet used anaphora at the beginnings of some neighboring lines. The same word the is repeated.

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  • summary of The Old Homestead;
  • central theme;
  • idea of the verse;
  • history of its creation;
  • critical appreciation.

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