This is an analysis of the poem On A Friend's Escape From Drowning Off The Norfolk Coast that begins with:

Came up that cold sea at Cromer like a running grave
Beside him as he struck...

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  • Rhyme scheme: abababcdcdeffggehfhhihiee
  • Stanza lengths (in strings): 25,
  • Closest metre: iambic tetrameter
  • –°losest rhyme: shakespearean sonnet
  • –°losest stanza type: sonnet
  • Guessed form: unknown form
  • Metre: 1111111010101 011111 100101101001 111111 111011000101111 10111 10110011111 0101001 10011110011 10101011 110101101011 101011 10111101011 11001 101001100111 0001010 111100101011 11110101 1111010110011 1101 001011110111 1101 111111010111 1111 11001010101
  • Amount of stanzas: 1
  • Average number of symbols per stanza: 960
  • Average number of words per stanza: 186
  • Amount of lines: 25
  • 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; him, his are repeated.

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