This is an analysis of the poem The Steam Shovel that begins with:

Beneath my window in a city street
A monster lairs, a creature huge and grim ... full text

Elements of the verse: questions and answers

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  • Rhyme scheme: abbacdcdee fgfghdhdiffijfj kffkgiigellefhhfbhabha faafaahbahbmmnan
  • Stanza lengths (in strings): 10,15,22,16,
  • Closest metre: iambic pentameter
  • –°losest rhyme: alternate rhyme
  • –°losest stanza type: sonnet
  • Guessed form: blank verse
  • Metre: 0111000101 0101010111 1101010101 111101 0101 0101111101 1100110011 0101011001 1101110101 1111110101 0101 11010101 1111110101 1101100111 01010001 1111010101 1101110101 1100110101 0101110101 111001 1101010101 100111 0101 1101000101 1101110001 1101011101 0111010001 1101110101 1111010001 0101010101 10111101 1100111 0011010101 1111111101 11 1101010101 1111010101 011111 1101010101 1011111111 1101011101 1011010111 01010100010 111110 0101 11000111010 1101111010 1101000111 10101100 11 1111010101 1111011101 1101010001 1101010101 1001110111 1110011 1111 0101010111 1111111111 1101010101 1001110101 111101 1111000101
  • Amount of stanzas: 4
  • Average number of symbols per stanza: 611
  • Average number of words per stanza: 113
  • Amount of lines: 63
  • Average number of symbols per line: 38 (medium-length strings)
  • Average number of words per line: 7
  • Mood of the speaker:

    The punctuation marks are various. Neither mark predominates.

  • The author used lexical repetitions to emphasize a significant image; and, of are repeated.

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

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