This is an analysis of the poem Australian Engineers that begins with:

Ah, well! but the case seems hopeless, and the pen might write in vain;
The people gabble of old things over and over again. ... full text

Elements of the verse: questions and answers

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  • Rhyme scheme: a a b b b b X b c c X b b d d c c e e X b b c c f f g g c c h h XXc
  • Stanza lengths (in strings): 1,1,1,1,1,1,1,1,1,1,1,1,1,1,1,1,1,1,1,1,1,1,1,1,1,1,1,1,1,1,1,1,3,
  • Closest metre: trochaic pentameter
  • Сlosest rhyme: rondeau rhyme
  • Сlosest stanza type: tercets
  • Guessed form: unknown form
  • Metre: 111011101011101 01010111011001 10100101011001101 110010010100101 011010110100101 1001010101101 110101100111000 11001011011001001 1001001000100111 1110110010100101 1111111110 101101 10010101110101 11111101111111 1001010110101 0110001101111001 1001010111101 1110110100110101 010010100100101 10110110101 11111101 0010010101100100 110100100110100 10010101100100 0011111101010111 11110010001111001 1101001110111001 11101001010100111 1101101010100101 110110101101101 1110101001101111 0010010101100101 011111101110111 11110100101101
  • Amount of stanzas: 35
  • Average number of symbols per stanza: 60
  • Average number of words per stanza: 11
  • Amount of lines: 41
  • Average number of symbols per line: 52 (very long strings)
  • Average number of words per line: 9
  • Mood of the speaker:

    The punctuation marks are various. Neither mark predominates.

  • The author used lexical repetitions to emphasize a significant image; of, and, to, boys, they, who, would, with are repeated.

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

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