This is an analysis of the poem The Free-Selector's Daughter that begins with:

I met her on the Lachlan Side --
A darling girl I thought her, ... full text

Elements of the verse: questions and answers

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  • Rhyme scheme: abcB Xbdb XXcb ebeB cfXf gXgb dbdbXabcb
  • Stanza lengths (in strings): 4,4,4,4,4,4,9,
  • Closest metre: trochaic tetrameter
  • –°losest rhyme: enclosed rhyme
  • –°losest stanza type: tercets
  • Guessed form: unknown form
  • Metre: 11010101 0101110 11111111 0110010 11010101 1101110 11010101 0111010 11000101 1011110 11110101 0110010 11111111 1111010 11010111 0110010 11000101 1101110 11110100 1100010 11010001 1101010 11010111 1101110 11011101 1111110 11110101 1111110 11010101 1011110 11010101 1110010
  • Amount of stanzas: 8
  • Average number of symbols per stanza: 130
  • Average number of words per stanza: 25
  • Amount of lines: 32
  • Average number of symbols per line: 32 (medium-length strings)
  • Average number of words per line: 6
  • Mood of the speaker:

    The punctuation marks are various. Neither mark predominates.

  • The author used lexical repetitions to emphasize a significant image; i, to, my, her are repeated.

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

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

    The poet repeated the same word daughter at the end of some neighboring stanzas. The poetic device is a kind of epiphora.

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  • summary of The Free-Selector's Daughter;
  • central theme;
  • idea of the verse;
  • history of its creation;
  • critical appreciation.

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