This is an analysis of the poem The Peace-Pipe that begins with:

On the Mountains of the Prairie,
On the great Red Pipe-stone Quarry,... full text

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  • Rhyme scheme: aaAbacddbefXgfXafecdhfggfdecAicabjdbfbkkfXbXcclbIcXIgcAdXccjXXXXXdIaagmhbdjcejAckabkkecdeXcXckhbfnkkkmdlcedcejXkeXdncnncdeXncccajncdXckmdcdjbdkfcfecAdkcajdcebckchI
  • Stanza lengths (in strings): 163,
  • Closest metre: trochaic tetrameter
  • –°losest rhyme: shakespearean sonnet
  • –°losest stanza type: tercets
  • Guessed form: unknown form
  • Metre: 10100010 10111110 1100010 101001010 10110010 10111010 10101010 00111010 10001010 1001001010 11100010 10101010 00101011 10101110 1000100010 00110010 00111010 10000011 11100010 00100010 10111011 00111010 10101011 00100111 101010010 10111010 10111110 10101010 1100010 10101011 10100010 10111010 10101010 10101010 10101010 10111010 10110010 10101010 10101010 10101010 11101010 00101000 00100110 00101010 00111010 00101110 10110010 10101010 01000011 10100010 110000100 10100011 10101011 10101110 1100010 10101010 1010000100 101010010 101000010 101000111 10101100 10100110 10111100 10101100 10101100 101001010 10100011 00100010 00111110 11111011 01101111 10101010 10101010 10101110 01101010 01101010 00101010 00101010 1100010 00100010 10100010 00101110 101111100 11100110 11111010 10011011 00111010 00111110 10110011 10001010 10101110 10001100 10101001 101101110 10001010 10001010 00100110 001001111 1011011010 111011010 111011110 111011111 111011110 10101011 10101010 11111010 11011110 101100110 10011111 10011110 011001100 11100110 11100010 110111000 11101010 100101001 001000010 11111111 11111001 01100010 10101110 00101010 10101110 101001011 10110110 10110110 101111110 10110010 11100011 10111011 10011010 10101010 1110110000 101010100 11111011 11101111 10001010 10110110 10101010 11100011 001001010 10101010 11101010 10101000 001010100 11101111 10111110 10111110 1100010 01100010 10101010 101010100 10110010 11100011 10111010 10011010 10101110 101001010 101000110 10110010 10001110 00111011 01000011
  • Amount of stanzas: 1
  • Average number of symbols per stanza: 5759
  • Average number of words per stanza: 980
  • Amount of lines: 163
  • Average number of symbols per line: 34 (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; with, rising, from, of, came, and, you, i, given, have, your, their are repeated.

    The poet used anaphora at the beginnings of some neighboring lines. The same words on, then, till, from, calls, came, to, painted, in, the, but, listen, i, filled, why, weary, all, who, wash, threw, clear, through are repeated.

    There is a poetic device epiphora at the end of some neighboring lines willow, heaven, children, in, you are repeated).

    The literary device anadiplosis is detected in two or more neighboring lines. The word/phrase buried connects the lines.

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