This is an analysis of the poem An Old Vagabond that begins with:

HE was old and alone, and he sat on a stone to rest for awhile from the road:
His beard was white, and his eye was bright, and his wrinkles...

Elements of the verse: questions and answers

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  • Rhyme scheme: aabb XX ccddeeddddffggaaggaaffddXee
  • Stanza lengths (in strings): 4,2,27,
  • Closest metre: iambic pentameter
  • –°losest rhyme: rima
  • –°losest stanza type: tercets
  • Guessed form: blank verse
  • Metre: 11110111110101101001 0111101111010101 001101011111101111 101001001011111101 111111111010111111 11110011110111101 11111010111011101 100111111111110111 101111010100101111 1010011011010100111 11101001101001101101 010010111010111001001 101101111111111101000 11101011101111001101 001100101000111111011 11111101000110001001 00101110110101001001 111001101111101101001 111011001101011011011 1010010111010001001001 111101101001101001101 10101111101111110101 01101001011011011011 001011001001101101001 111101101011001001011 1101111101111101111 11010101011011011001 01110110100111101111 101001001101001001101 11110110110111001101 111111011011111111101 111101111111111111111
  • Amount of stanzas: 4
  • Average number of symbols per stanza: 666
  • Average number of words per stanza: 136
  • Amount of lines: 32
  • Average number of symbols per line: 82 (very long strings)
  • Average number of words per line: 17
  • Mood of the speaker:

    The punctuation marks are various. Neither mark predominates.

  • The author used lexical repetitions to emphasize a significant image; and, he, his, ', said, who, to, of, that, or, for, some, my, i are repeated.

    The poet used anaphora at the beginnings of some neighboring lines. The same word and is repeated.

    There is a poetic device epiphora at the end of some neighboring lines ' is repeated).

    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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