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

She is harnessed for a long journey; on her back she carries an entire store of wool.
She walks without rest, and sees with eyes...

Elements of the verse: questions and answers

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  • Rhyme scheme: aXabXXXbXb
  • Stanza lengths (in strings): 10,
  • Closest metre: trochaic pentameter
  • Сlosest rhyme: no rhyme
  • Сlosest stanza type: sonnet
  • Guessed form: unknown form
  • Metre: 1010101101011101010101 1101111011010011010100101011010 00110110011001010110011010111001100100110110110100100 010010101110101111011010010 110010010111110100111101001011 111010101011111011011010101101001011101000101100001010 11111101010110110111101011011111110010 0101001101000100100100110010110101101101001111010010010 111010001110101001000101111011010101010010101110111101001100 10111110110010000110010
  • Amount of stanzas: 1
  • Average number of symbols per stanza: 1708
  • Average number of words per stanza: 285
  • Amount of lines: 10
  • Average number of symbols per line: 170 (very long strings)
  • Average number of words per line: 29
  • Mood of the speaker:

    The punctuation marks are various. Neither mark predominates.

  • The author used lexical repetitions to emphasize a significant image; she, her, of, and, to, they, alpaca, eyes are repeated.

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

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

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