This is an analysis of the poem The Old School Clock that begins with:

'Twas a quaint old clock with a quaint old face,
and great iron weights and chain....

Elements of the verse: questions and answers

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  • Rhyme scheme:
  • Stanza lengths (in strings):
  • Closest metre:
  • –°losest rhyme:
  • –°losest stanza type:
  • Guessed form:
  • Metre:
  • Amount of stanzas: 2
  • Average number of symbols per stanza: 686
  • Average number of words per stanza: 127
  • Amount of lines: 32
  • Average number of symbols per line: 42 (strings are more long than medium ones)
  • Average number of words per line: 8
  • Mood of the speaker:

    The punctuation marks are various. Neither mark predominates.

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

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

    The poet repeated the same word clock at the end of some neighboring stanzas. The poetic device is a kind of epiphora.

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