This is an analysis of the poem El Gato that begins with:

At eight
El Gato's uncle lures them with grain in a pail...

Elements of the verse: questions and answers

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  • Rhyme scheme: abccd eadaf egcheic jXklglgmchXadn cagccb feXcacoXfhgXacaoe foppkpkkkke gqhfegkqccafr jckhaf gomeaXrcfggc lrcdabcgfcXcaXhncX gkccdXca gafeea dfaXf obgcn fkcojXioqhaoahoee fXkacdcggqaXk hdghhaoXekecc dkbaoXomcpknnXfgdcqalckd
  • Stanza lengths (in strings): 5,5,7,14,6,17,11,13,6,12,18,8,6,5,5,17,13,13,24,
  • Closest metre: trochaic tetrameter
  • –°losest rhyme: alternate rhyme
  • –°losest stanza type: sonnet
  • Guessed form: unknown form
  • Metre: 11 110101001001 110110101 1011011110 01001001 11101111 001011 1001011 0101010 10101 010001 10011101101 010010111 10111010010 01001001011 11001011000100 110110 111111101011111 10111011 11011010101 110010100 0110000001001 100101001000100 10010010000101 1010010101 110100101 1101011 1101 110101110 110110111 11111001011 1 110111 11010111 010111 10111 111001000110 101110010 11001001 010011 01101110100 111110001 1110101 01001110 11110111101 010111110 1111101 10101000110 011111 110111 101010110 1101110101 110011001010 110111111010 101 11011011010 11001 101010101 10010010010 11001011010101 0111010 010111010 010111110 0101110 11111011 111 01010101101 1011101010 1011110101 11011100100010 110011100 1111010101 1101011101 1110010111 11011 0011001101011101 11001010101 11011111101 1101001111 10010101111011111001101110 01110 1110110101101011 101001110010011111011 1101111011111 101 011011010100 111010001 1011111 11110101101 11110 11101101011 110110 101111 100110 110010111 10100101 11010100 0110101 10001110 10101110011 1010101 11110010 1011001 01011 11101110 110110 101100 111101101 1001011 101001100 111101 1111111 111110111 111111110111 11011 11010 1101 11011101010 111111001010101 0101010111 1000101011 0101 10011101 101111 10001111 01101100010 1100101110 1100011011101 1111000101 11010101110 1100011101 010101101 01001010111 0111101010 0100110 11111 01011 101011111 11111 01010 101011001 011010 10001 1110001 100010010 101100 100111 001101 1000011 10110 100001 100111 100110 1100100100110 110010110010 1111001 010111001 01011001 10000111 101001001 110011011 110101010 10111001001 110110 101001101 1111001001 101010 1011010101 0101001 11001101 1111 100101110101 1111011 10110101 100011100 1111110100 0010111101 10101110 10011111 01010001 101011 1010101000101 11011110 0101101110101111101001 10100111 110100101010 1010111110 11101111001010100010 110101011101 101100100010 10110010110101 01100010 1101 0010100111001101110111011 1101 1101 110101 10101111 01 110011001 101011100 010001010111 001001010 10010011001
  • Amount of stanzas: 20
  • Average number of symbols per stanza: 373
  • Average number of words per stanza: 67
  • Amount of lines: 204
  • Average number of symbols per line: 36 (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; and, nothing, chi, to, in, dirt, his, her, ', bendito, blessed, he, stone, where, hits are repeated.

    The poet used anaphora at the beginnings of some neighboring lines. The same words chi, his, at, where are repeated.

    The author used the same word at 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 nothing, darkness, him are repeated).

    The literary device anadiplosis is detected in two or more neighboring lines. The word/phrase ' connects the lines.

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  • summary of El Gato;
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