This is an analysis of the poem The Ranger that begins with:

ROBERT RAWLIN!--Frosts were falling
When the ranger's horn was calling... full text

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  • Rhyme scheme: aaX aaabbab ccbaaabbab ddbaaabXaX eebXddbbXX Xdbfffbbfb aXbghhbbhb ccbaacbBaX aabhghbbhX iibaaabBab XXbaacXbXX XabaaaXXaX cXbaaabbab ddbaaabbab aabXaabXaX iibeeebBeb ddb eXebXeX
  • Stanza lengths (in strings): 3,7,10,10,10,10,10,10,10,10,10,10,10,10,10,10,3,7,
  • Closest metre: trochaic tetrameter
  • –°losest rhyme: limerick
  • –°losest stanza type: sonnet
  • Guessed form: unknown form
  • Metre: 10101010 10101110 1010100 10101110 100111110 10101010 1010111 101101 11101010 0011101 10101011 100101010 11011101 10111110 11101110 10101010 1010111 101111 11101110 0111101 10101010 10101010 1011111 10001110 10111110 10101110 1010111 101110 10111010 1110110 11101010 10101110 1010111 11111110 10101110 10111010 1110101 111101 001001100 1101111 10110010 10101111 1110101 11101010 10101010 10101010 1111111 101101 11101010 1010101 1010000100 001110100 1010111 10111011 10101110 10101110 1011101 101101 111101110 1011101 10101010 1110010 1111101 10100110 11101110 10111010 0110101 101101 10101010 1010101 10001110 00101110 1110101 00101010 11101011 001001010 1010101 111111 10111010 1010111 11101010 11101110 1110101 10111110 10101010 11101010 1010101 101101 11111010 1110111 10111111 10101110 1011111 10101110 11101110 10011010 10100101 11111 11111010 0111111 11101110 11101110 1111101 10111010 11001010 01111010 1011011 111111 10101110 1110111 10101010 1101011 1011011 10101010 00101110 101110110 1011101 101101 11101010 1111111 10111011 10101010 1010101 00100110 11101010 10111110 1010101 101101 10110010 1110101 10101010 10111010 1011101 00101100 100111010 10110010 1110111 11110 11111010 1011110 11101110 10101110 1010111 101111010 10101010 10101010 1010101 101101 11101110 1110101 10101010 10110010 1011101 10111010 11101100 10101110 1010111 111110 10101010 1010110
  • Amount of stanzas: 18
  • Average number of symbols per stanza: 287
  • Average number of words per stanza: 53
  • Amount of lines: 160
  • Average number of symbols per line: 31 (strings are less long than medium ones)
  • Average number of words per line: 6
  • Mood of the speaker:

    The punctuation marks are various. Neither mark predominates.

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

    The poet used anaphora at the beginnings of some neighboring lines. The same words gone, come, drop, and, quench are repeated.

    The author used the same word 'when 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 ' is repeated).

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

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

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  • summary of The Ranger;
  • central theme;
  • idea of the verse;
  • history of its creation;
  • critical appreciation.

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