This is an analysis of the poem Ann Arbor Variations that begins with:

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Wet heat drifts through the afternoon...

Elements of the verse: questions and answers

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  • Rhyme scheme: Xabcd ebfX cghX bebc ibjf gXjd Xcac bXg cXk dbc alc gmn cce XhckaXnoeljXdpcme Xacmo pehc qomq ejkp lcacXigja
  • Stanza lengths (in strings): 5,4,4,4,4,4,4,3,3,3,3,3,3,17,5,4,4,4,9,
  • Closest metre: iambic pentameter
  • –°losest rhyme: alternate rhyme
  • –°losest stanza type: tercets
  • Guessed form: blank verse
  • Metre: 1 11110101 10101001001 100110111 0101101001 0110111001 101101101 01001000110 10101101010 00100110111 11110110010 101111001 01010010010 1101100011 1111010101 11111110 011010100 00110111 01111011100 110010100001 101011111 01101111000 010011111 1111010101 1101011011 1 01011101 10101100110 110110101 101010110 1100010001000 10110011100 00100001111 101101110 11110111 111010101 11100111 10101011 111110110 1111001010 110111111 01110110100 10010111 111010100010 101101111 0110110110 1101011011000 1 001000101101 1001010001 0010100110 01110110010 1011110101010 100101010011 11011000111 011011100100 001100101010 11001001001 00101001010 11011010001 0101010011001 11011010101 10010110111 111101001110 1 01001001 101001 1101011 11001001 01100011 01111010 01110110 1111010 010100110 00010010 11011001 010100111 101101110 101010111 101110101 11100110111 0100101110 0101010001 010010101 011101101 0101010101 00110100 01100111 10110101
  • Amount of stanzas: 20
  • Average number of symbols per stanza: 169
  • Average number of words per stanza: 31
  • Amount of lines: 89
  • Average number of symbols per line: 37 (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; our, of, and, in are repeated.

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

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

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