This is an analysis of the poem John Alden And Percilly that begins with:

We got up a Christmas-doin's
Last Christmas Eve--... full text

Elements of the verse: questions and answers

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  • Rhyme scheme: XaXabbXb cdeXXfXg hbXXXifi XXejihXh XeaejkXX eiXigXbX XiXXXXXX XkiXbhXh ffbXXXdc
  • Stanza lengths (in strings): 8,8,8,8,8,8,8,8,8,
  • Closest metre: iambic trimeter
  • –°losest rhyme: no rhyme
  • –°losest stanza type: tercets
  • Guessed form: unknown form
  • Metre: 1110101 1101 101000 111001 111010 10111 1101000 10101 1010100 1101 11000111 1101010 1101011 010011 11010001 10100 110101 10111 1011100 110000 01010100 10101 110101 110111 101100 11010 1101101 10101 111110 10111 010111010 01101 1011100 10101 1110101 10101 1110101 10111 1011001 110100 1110101 10111 1011101 10001 100010 10111 1110101 10100 101110 11101 101010 01100 11001100 10111 11001010 11111 110100 10011 1111101 10010 111011 110101 11010101 111001 1111111 10111 1010011 10101 111111 11101 111011 11100
  • Amount of stanzas: 9
  • Average number of symbols per stanza: 211
  • Average number of words per stanza: 38
  • Amount of lines: 72
  • Average number of symbols per line: 26 (strings are less long than medium ones)
  • Average number of words per line: 5
  • Mood of the speaker:

    There are many exclamation marks in the poem. The speaker is excited. He or she has strong feelings on the subject that is described in the poem.

  • The author used lexical repetitions to emphasize a significant image; from, and, ' are repeated.

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

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