This is an analysis of the poem Sumthin' In The Pastoral Line that begins with:

Once git a smell o' musk into a draw,
An' it clings hold like precerdents in law;... full text

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  • Rhyme scheme: aabXccddbbeeddXXeebbXeffgghhbbhhhXbbdXiijjggddhhXkllXgbbbbgg bbddccbbddbbhhddbbggmmlleeddggddbbbbfXjXjnnbbnnbbeeXfllffddoobbggcc mmjjbbjjllggjjgXhhXXffgghhddllffbbXgXXXlggffjj pp ddkkffmmXXggeenn ddXpnn bXffmmXffffnnjjjXhh jjXmlXggXXllXhfXeXoXdXXjggddhhcc
  • Stanza lengths (in strings): 60,67,46,2,16,6,19,60,6,
  • Closest metre: iambic pentameter
  • Сlosest rhyme: enclosed rhyme
  • Сlosest stanza type: sonnet
  • Guessed form: blank verse
  • Metre: 1101110001 1011110001 11001011101 01010001110 1011110101 1111001001 1111000101 1011010001 1101011101 0101110101 1101110111 1111110111 1101011101 1111001111 111111011111 0101011110 110101011 1111010111 0101110111 1111011111 1111111100 1011110101 0101111101 11111010011 11010111010 11011100110 1101111101 1001010101 1111110111 1101000101 1011011111 1011011101 1111011101 11010000100 1001111101 1111111001 1111111111 11011100100 1011110111 1111011101 1110010101 1101110100 11001001111 110111001 1101111101 1111010101 1101010101 1101000101 1011111110 11011000101 1111110111 01110100 111111011 1101011101 11111111001 1111001111 1111111011 1011110111 1101011101 11011111111 1101010011 1101010100 1101011101 1110110101 1101010101 0101000101 11011111010 11111101010 111001101 1001001111 1101010011 11001110101 1101010111 1101000101 1101011101 11110011101 1111110111 1101111011 0111011111 1101011111 1101010111 10011111001 111011100001 1111010001 1111001011 1111011101 0110010101 0101011101 11010111110 11110111010 0111110111 1101000111 0101010101 1101010101 11011101010 01010111010 1101011101 01110111100 1111110111 11011101110 110101111011 11110010101 1011010001 1101110111 11100101001 1101100101 1101110101 1101011011 00101011101 1111110101 1111010101 0011011101 0111111101 1111010101 1111010001 0101011111 1111010101 1011110001 1100111111 10100101010 11011111010 1101111111 1101110111 1111111111 1101001111 0011111101 0101010111 1111010101 1011010101 011111011 1110111111 1101011001 101011111 1111101111 1111111101 1101011111 1110110101 11011011111 0111011101 1111011101 0111101101 1111010111 0111110111 11010110111 1111111101 101111101110 11000101000 1101111011 10011100101 11010111001 11011101100 1111010011 1101111110 1111011101 1101011111 0111110111 1111110001 1101110101 1101010001 1011000111 1011011101 1111110111 1111110100 111101000100 011111110100 1111110100 1111011101 1110010111 10010110011 1011011111 0011110001 01010001101 1101011101 0001111101 1100111101 1101111111 1111010111 111010111110 01011111010 1111110001 1101010101 010011101 1011110111 01111111110 11001011010 1110111111 1011110111 0111110111 1111011101 1111011011 1100101111 1111011101 1111101101 1110111111 1111110101 1101111111 1101010001 1101011111 0100011101 10110111001 1011101101 1111011101 1011110111 0111110111 1111111111 11011011111 1101110101 0111011101 100101101 1111111111 1101010111 0101011001 0111010111 01001110111 1111001101 1111111101 1011111101 1011001101 11101111010 1111110101 1101011111 0111011101 1111011111 1101001101 11111101010 1101010101 1011111101 1101010001 1111110001 0101011101 0101010001 1011010101 1101010011 1101010100 111101110010 11011111110 11101101110 10010101110 1101011111 1111011111 10010101010 11111011010 1101010111 0011001111 1111011101 0001110101 0101010101 0101010111 1101110111 0110100100 11110011111 11011101010 1101011101 11011111101 01010101110 11011111010 1101110111 1111010101 10110110111 11011100111 111111101 1100111101 111111011 111011011 11110011010 01111101110 1101111101 11111001001 110100101010 111111110010 1111011111 1101010011 1101010101 10101010101 1111010111 1111110111 11111101010 111000111110 1111010101 11011101110 11011100111 1111010111
  • Amount of stanzas: 9
  • Average number of symbols per stanza: 1396
  • Average number of words per stanza: 270
  • Amount of lines: 282
  • Average number of symbols per line: 44 (strings are more long than medium ones)
  • Average number of words per line: 9
  • Mood of the speaker:

    The punctuation marks are various. Neither mark predominates.

  • The author used lexical repetitions to emphasize a significant image; an', to, your, my, thet, i, gret, you, wuz, his are repeated.

    The poet used anaphora at the beginnings of some neighboring lines. The same words the, or, my, they, an' are repeated.

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  • summary of Sumthin' In The Pastoral Line;
  • central theme;
  • idea of the verse;
  • history of its creation;
  • critical appreciation.

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