This is an analysis of the poem A Day On The Big Branch that begins with:

Still half drunk, after a night at cards,
with the grey dawn taking us unaware...

Elements of the verse: questions and answers

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  • Rhyme scheme: abXacdaceafghhXcij ajahbiXkkjiabcajkcacllkam aakckjichjnkahallkijj ikXjogaiackjgacnkpp bbkdhkmaakdcakaXloXifaakegjhhga
  • Stanza lengths (in strings): 18,25,21,19,31,
  • Closest metre: iambic pentameter
  • –°losest rhyme: limerick
  • –°losest stanza type: sonnet
  • Guessed form: blank verse
  • Metre: 111100111 0011101101 0111011111 1100101010 0010011011001 10110111 010101010101 101100100100 010010100111 10100100111 110110010101 010011001110 01011010101 111110101010 11111000010 0111011101 1110101001 1001011 011100100101 01010111011 11001001010 010111100101 11100101001 101101010001 01000110100 10010111 01011110010 11011011001 01011101001 1101010111 01010111111 1101011100 11011101010 1001010110110 11011101101 10010101 1101010111 111011111101 110101011 1001011101111 1011001011 11010111 110010111 010110010010 1101101001 11011010 01011101101 0101110101 1010101011101 10111010010101 010010011111 11011111 1111101010111 1100011000100 11001111010 1100101111010 011111111 010110010101 01111010101101 11111010011 011111001 010101010111 1101011010010 01 1101 010011101 010100100 01000110101 10110001 10101111101010 10101110010 110101001 010111000010 010010001010 1010110001 1011011010 0100100011010 100101101110010 10110001110 1010100101010 0110011001 11001110101 1111011001 1001110101 011111001111 10110010111 1111101011 11011111 1101010011 001010111101 1010011010001 11010100010 10110111 001011101 0101001101 1111111111 01011110101 01010110100 11001000111 1101011111 0111010101 1011011011 00111110101 110110110110 1111011001 11001010011 1011011100010 110001010 01010001101 00010010101 11010100011110 1100111110 10110101
  • Amount of stanzas: 6
  • Average number of symbols per stanza: 814
  • Average number of words per stanza: 147
  • Amount of lines: 113
  • Average number of symbols per line: 42 (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; to, and, had are repeated.

    The poet used anaphora at the beginnings of some neighboring lines. The same words did, and are repeated.

    There is a poetic device epiphora at the end of some neighboring lines soap is repeated).

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  • summary of A Day On The Big Branch;
  • central theme;
  • idea of the verse;
  • history of its creation;
  • critical appreciation.

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