This is an analysis of the poem After The Fashion Of An Old Emblem that begins with:

I have long enough been working down in my cellar,
Working spade and pick, boring-chisel and drill;...

Elements of the verse: questions and answers

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  • Rhyme scheme: abab Xcdc dcXc XeXe cfcf XgXg ghgh
  • Stanza lengths (in strings): 4,4,4,4,4,4,4,
  • Closest metre: trochaic pentameter
  • Сlosest rhyme: alternate rhyme
  • Сlosest stanza type: tercets
  • Guessed form: unknown form
  • Metre: 1110101010110 10111101011 11110101011110 1001110010001 1101010010110 00101010101001 0010001000101010 0010001101001 101100110111 1111101110101 011010101010 111100111111 11110101010110 10110011110001 1111011101100 1100010111101 11111001101010 111111011001 1011000101010 0101011110101 11111100100111 11011011111010 1010101011011110 10110101010010 11111111010 1011110111 110101101110 101010010101
  • Amount of stanzas: 7
  • Average number of symbols per stanza: 212
  • Average number of words per stanza: 41
  • Amount of lines: 28
  • Average number of symbols per line: 52 (very long strings)
  • 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; and, in, of, i, to, my, keep are repeated.

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

    The author used the same word but at the beginnings of some neighboring stanzas. The figure of speech is a kind of anaphora.

    There is a poetic device epiphora at the end of some neighboring lines blowing is repeated).

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