This is an analysis of the poem The Song Of The Darling River that begins with:

The skies are brass and the plains are bare,
Death and ruin are everywhere -- ... full text

Elements of the verse: questions and answers

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  • Rhyme scheme: aAbbcc ddddcc eXddbbcc bbeeffXc aAbbcX
  • Stanza lengths (in strings): 6,6,8,8,6,
  • Closest metre: iambic pentameter
  • Сlosest rhyme: couplets
  • Сlosest stanza type: tercets
  • Guessed form: heroic couplets
  • Metre: 011110111 11101101 1110100111 0010110111 0101101010010 10001001010 1100100111 1111001101 111100101 11111100111 10111101010 0101001010 111101111 1111001001 111101111 1100100101 11100101111 101111101111 0101001110 01001011110 111100101 110100101 111111101 010110101 110100111 1111011001 1111011010 10001001010 110110111 11101101 110111001 011101111 10101001010 011010010100
  • Amount of stanzas: 5
  • Average number of symbols per stanza: 295
  • Average number of words per stanza: 55
  • Amount of lines: 34
  • Average number of symbols per line: 43 (strings are more long than medium ones)
  • Average number of words per line: 8
  • Mood of the speaker:

    The punctuation marks are various. Neither mark predominates.

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

    The poet used anaphora at the beginnings of some neighboring lines. The same words i, and are 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 river at the end of some neighboring stanzas. The poetic device is a kind of epiphora.

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