This is an analysis of the poem The Wreck Of Rivermouth that begins with:

Rivermouth Rocks are fair to see,
By dawn or sunset shone across,... full text

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  • Rhyme scheme: ababccXX dedXccff gegehaii jbXbjjkk ffXfaalX emeXiiaa jjjjddii acXXeeii fjfjccee ececccdX fmfmnnoo XdXdaaff iaiaiimX ananllcc agaglljj jjjjfXoX Xaeajjll ededeeaa hbhXccii
  • Stanza lengths (in strings): 8,8,8,8,8,8,8,8,8,8,8,8,8,8,8,8,8,8,8,
  • Closest metre: iambic tetrameter
  • –°losest rhyme: alternate rhyme
  • –°losest stanza type: tercets
  • Guessed form: ballad stanza
  • Metre: 10011101 11111101 1010011101 011100111 110101101 011111101 111010110 100101010 111010101 100101001 110000101 100101110 110010101 11111111 011110111 10010101 100101001 11000111 011110101 010100111 10010100 10110101 10010111 0010110101 010111101 1100010101 1101111010 01111101 110100111 100100101 100100111 100111001 110110101 1110011101 110100110 01111111 1011011101 1110101111 110011111 1011011010010 1101010101 010110101 010100111 11101111010 110010111 010100111 1011011111 1110100101 111100101 101101101 1110111101 111010101 1101100111 11010111 1101101001 101010101 10101001001 10011101 1111011100 110111101 101101101 1110100101 110100101 010011111 010110101 10111101 10101101001 10110101 01011101 11011101 111110101 011010111 10111001 01010111 101101001 1010101 110100101 011011101 111110111 10111101 10010101 01111101 011100111 010011111 11111111 111101111 0111111010 1101001010 110111101 10011111 0100100101 011100101 110101101 11111100 100110111 10011111 110011101 110010101 110101111 01111111 01111111 110110101 11111101 11110111 10010111 010110111 11110101 1010101011 001011101 010101101 11010111 11011101 101010011 100100100 110100101 0011100101 1011100101 100100101 101110101 010100101 01001001 110111001 111101101 0101001001 110100111 10111101 1010011100 10110100 111101100 0010010101 101010101 01010101 010011101 11010111 101100101 10101101 101111111 0010100101 0011110111 110010101 0101000101 011100111 111101111 100110111 110101110 01011101 101101010 111101110 01011101 010011101 10110001001 1111010101001
  • Amount of stanzas: 20
  • Average number of symbols per stanza: 299
  • Average number of words per stanza: 58
  • Amount of lines: 153
  • Average number of symbols per line: 38 (medium-length strings)
  • 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; of, and, to, her, they, in, his are repeated.

    The poet used anaphora at the beginnings of some neighboring lines. The same words they, the, never are repeated.

    The author used the same word o at the beginnings of some neighboring stanzas. The figure of speech is a kind of anaphora.

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

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