This is an analysis of the poem Tom Johnson's Quit that begins with:

A passel o' the boys last night--
An' me amongst 'em--kindo got... full text

Elements of the verse: questions and answers

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  • Rhyme scheme: aaaaXabX cdceeXeX fdXdaaaX ceXebaXX bbbbXXfX agXgdXda hchciaiX
  • Stanza lengths (in strings): 8,8,8,8,8,8,8,
  • Closest metre: iambic tetrameter
  • –°losest rhyme: alternate rhyme
  • –°losest stanza type: tercets
  • Guessed form: ballad stanza
  • Metre: 01010111 11010101 01010111 11011101 11110101 11011001 11011101 1101 11010111 110110111 11110111 11011111 11111111 1100100 01010111 1101 11111111 11010101 11010100 111100110 11011101 11011101 11111101 1101 11111101 01111111 11111101 11110001 11111101 01110111 110111111 1101 11010101 11011101 11011101 110100100 110100110 11111111 11010111 1101 11110111 01110001 111101110 11010101 110010101 11011111 01010001 1101 11010111 111111001 01010101 01111111 11011101 11010101 11011101 1101
  • Amount of stanzas: 7
  • Average number of symbols per stanza: 270
  • Average number of words per stanza: 53
  • Amount of lines: 56
  • Average number of symbols per line: 33 (medium-length strings)
  • 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; an', ', his are repeated.

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

    The author used the same word we 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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