This is an analysis of the poem Alms for the Beekeeper that begins with:

He makes better errors that way.
Pass it around at breakfast:...

Elements of the verse: questions and answers

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  • Rhyme scheme: XaXbXXXXab
  • Stanza lengths (in strings): 10,
  • Closest metre: trochaic tetrameter
  • –°losest rhyme: no rhyme
  • –°losest stanza type: sonnet
  • Guessed form: unknown form
  • Metre: 11101011 1001110 01001111001001010 1001111011100 111010010 0100111 0101 1100111 010011
  • Amount of stanzas: 2
  • Average number of symbols per stanza: 152
  • Average number of words per stanza: 28
  • Amount of lines: 9
  • Average number of symbols per line: 33 (medium-length strings)
  • Average number of words per line: 6
  • Mood of the speaker:

    The punctuation marks are various. Neither mark predominates.

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  • summary of Alms for the Beekeeper;
  • central theme;
  • idea of the verse;
  • history of its creation;
  • critical appreciation.

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