This is an analysis of the poem Donald Macgillavry that begins with:

Donald's gane up the hill hard and hungry
Donald comes down the hill wild and angry...

Elements of the verse: questions and answers

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  • Rhyme scheme: aaaXXXaX bbaXXXaX XXXXXXaX XXbbXXaX aabbXXXX
  • Stanza lengths (in strings): 8,8,8,8,8,
  • Closest metre: trochaic pentameter
  • –°losest rhyme: no rhyme
  • –°losest stanza type: tercets
  • Guessed form: unknown form
  • Metre: 1011011110 1011011110 1001011100 11011101000 11011101000 11011101000 10011100100 110101101000 101100110101 110111011101 11111101100 11111101000 11010101000 11010101000 11111101100 101101101000 10110111100 101100111100 1000111100 100101101000 11010101000 11010101000 101011100100 11111101000 10010111100 10110111000 11011100101 11110111101 110100101000 110100101000 101101100100 11111101000 10110111100 10110111100 10111101101 11100101101 11010101000 11010101000 101101111000 11111101000
  • Amount of stanzas: 5
  • Average number of symbols per stanza: 348
  • Average number of words per stanza: 58
  • Amount of lines: 40
  • Average number of symbols per line: 43 (strings are more long than medium ones)
  • Average number of words per line: 7
  • Mood of the speaker:

    The punctuation marks are various. Neither mark predominates.

  • The author used lexical repetitions to emphasize a significant image; and, donald, macgillavry, them are repeated.

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

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

    There is a poetic device epiphora at the end of some neighboring lines macgillavry, man are repeated).

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

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