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

MY lad he is a Collier Lad,
And ere the lark awakes,... full text

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  • Rhyme scheme: aXbcdaea fada ababeada G haXahaXa G eihiXaca G dfdXbaca G cbfbbaca G edXdjaaa G hhjhdadaXG
  • Stanza lengths (in strings): 8,4,8,1,8,1,8,1,8,1,8,1,8,1,10,
  • Closest metre: iambic trimeter
  • –°losest rhyme: limerick
  • –°losest stanza type: tercets
  • Guessed form: unknown form
  • Metre: 11100101 1101100 111010101 111101 11110111 111101 11011101 010101 1011010101 110101 01111111 101101 11011101 010101 11010111 111101 1101100101 110111 10011101 010101 1011011100 11010101 110101 11110111 010111 01010101 111011 01010100 010101 1011011100 11011101 110101 11111101 110101 11011101 110111 11010101 110101 1011011100 01110111 011111 10011101 010110 11110101 010111 11010111 010101 1011011100 10011101 011101 111011101 110100 11110101 111111 011011101 110101 1011011100 01001111 11101 11011101 010101 10011101 010111 110010101 011101 1011011100 11010111 111111 10010111 110101 01010111 111111 01011111 011101 1011011100
  • Amount of stanzas: 16
  • Average number of symbols per stanza: 156
  • Average number of words per stanza: 29
  • Amount of lines: 75
  • 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.

  • The author used lexical repetitions to emphasize a significant image; to is repeated.

    The poet used anaphora at the beginnings of some neighboring lines. The same words he'll, the, to are repeated.

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

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