This is an analysis of the poem O Johnie! Can You Pity Ony that begins with:

O Johnie! can you pity ony!
Is your heart yet turn'd to stane?...

Elements of the verse: questions and answers

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  • Rhyme scheme: XXXAbabA XaXacdcd ceceXXXA
  • Stanza lengths (in strings): 8,8,8,
  • Closest metre: trochaic tetrameter
  • Сlosest rhyme: no rhyme
  • Сlosest stanza type: tercets
  • Guessed form: unknown form
  • Metre: 110111010 0111101 1110111 1011101 11101110 1111111 11111110 1011101 11111010 1111101 11110111 1110101 111111010 1000111 10101110 1110111 11101110 1110111 00111010 1010111 110111010 1111101 1110111 1011101
  • Amount of stanzas: 3
  • Average number of symbols per stanza: 270
  • Average number of words per stanza: 51
  • Amount of lines: 24
  • Average number of symbols per line: 33 (medium-length strings)
  • Average number of words per line: 6
  • Mood of the speaker:

    There are many exclamation marks in the poem. The speaker is excited. He or she has strong feelings on the subject that is described in the poem.

  • The author used lexical repetitions to emphasize a significant image; i've, here are repeated.

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

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