This is an analysis of the poem Slowly The Black Earth Gains that begins with:

Slowly the black earth gains upon the yellow,
And the caked hill-side is ribbed soft with furrows. ...

Elements of the verse: questions and answers

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  • Rhyme scheme: XXXa Xbba XXba
  • Stanza lengths (in strings): 4,4,4,
  • Closest metre: trochaic pentameter
  • –°losest rhyme: no rhyme
  • –°losest stanza type: sonnet
  • Guessed form: unknown form
  • Metre: 10011101010 10111011010 11010111110 10110 10110101110 10010011010 010101001111 10110 10001111111 10010101010 11010011010 10010
  • Amount of stanzas: 3
  • Average number of symbols per stanza: 168
  • Average number of words per stanza: 30
  • Amount of lines: 12
  • Average number of symbols per line: 41 (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 is repeated.

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  • idea of the verse;
  • history of its creation;
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