This is an analysis of the poem "The Ribs And Terrors In The Whale" that begins with:

The ribs and terrors in the whale,
Arched over me a dismal gloom,... full text

Elements of the verse: questions and answers

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  • Rhyme scheme: abXb acac deXe Xeed dfdf
  • Stanza lengths (in strings): 4,4,4,4,4,
  • Closest metre: iambic tetrameter
  • Сlosest rhyme: alternate rhyme
  • Сlosest stanza type: tercets
  • Guessed form: ballad stanza
  • Metre: 01110001 11010101 11111111 111100101 110100101 01011101 11111111 11110001 01011111 11110111 11010101 11010101 01110101 110100101 101111001 010101001 11110101 110011010 11010011 010101010
  • Amount of stanzas: 5
  • Average number of symbols per stanza: 142
  • Average number of words per stanza: 27
  • Amount of lines: 20
  • Average number of symbols per line: 35 (medium-length strings)
  • Average number of words per line: 7
  • Mood of the speaker:

    The punctuation marks are various. Neither mark predominates.

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