This is an analysis of the poem Father William that begins with:

A NEW VERSION BY LEE O. HARRIS AND JAMES
WHITCOMB RILEY... full text

Elements of the verse: questions and answers

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  • Rhyme scheme: aX bcbX dedX eceX aaaX fgfX hehX egeX gegX
  • Stanza lengths (in strings): 2,4,4,4,4,4,4,4,4,
  • Closest metre: iambic pentameter
  • –°losest rhyme: alternate rhyme
  • –°losest stanza type: sonnet
  • Guessed form: blank verse
  • Metre: 01101111011 1010 111101011111 101011001 10101101101 11101011 11101001111 101111001 01011011001 111101101 111101111001 01001011 101001111001 11111011 10101111001 101011000 101111111001 110011101 11110100111 111011101 111011101001 110110110 111101111011 101101001 11001011111 111011101 111101101101 111001101 111010101111 110111100 11101111011 111001001 10001001011 011001011
  • Amount of stanzas: 9
  • Average number of symbols per stanza: 159
  • Average number of words per stanza: 34
  • Amount of lines: 34
  • Average number of symbols per line: 41 (medium-length strings)
  • 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; to is repeated.

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

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

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