This is an analysis of the poem Iowa's Centennial Poem that begins with:

A hundred years ago to-day
A barren wild our borders lay; ... full text

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  • Rhyme scheme: aabbaXcc ddeeffgg hhddiiggccXfffbbjjaa jjeeddiikkjjee cchhkkbbcc jjbbbbeecckkbbbbjjlljjjj ccaXbbffffkkdX jjkkccXXhhffkkcccc hhkkhhffaX aacckkggaX ffbbkk ccbb akXkfcfc hkhkjcjc fbfbbabX cmcmgcgc gegeimim cbcbjgjg bcbcbdbd hchcXbXbXbbbbbdbd
  • Stanza lengths (in strings): 8,8,20,14,10,24,14,18,10,10,6,4,8,8,8,8,8,8,8,17,
  • Closest metre: iambic tetrameter
  • –°losest rhyme: couplets
  • –°losest stanza type: sonnet
  • Guessed form: unknown form
  • Metre: 01000101 01011101 11010101 10010101 11010001 11010100 110111001 11011101 01110101 1111001001 110100101 11110101 110001101 11010001 110011101 100101001 01001101 111111101 01100101 11010101 011010111 01010101 11110101 0110001 110101001 110101001 110011001 11010101 11010111 01110101 01011101 10011111 11100101 01010011 11111101 01110101 01010101 100101001 111110111 11011101 11010101 11000111 11010101 10110101 110010111 11110101 10010101 11000101 110011111 10111101 01111100 11010110 11111111 01010001 10111011 11000111 111001001 11010101 01110101 11110101 11110101 01111101 110010101 11111101 10010111 11010011 10010101 11000111 11011111 10110101 11110101 010101001 01010111 11010101 11110111 100010101 01111111 01010101 110111001 01000011 11011011 01010101 11110101 10011111 11010100 10010101 011111001 11010111 11010101 111110111 010111001 10110101 110001001 110101010 11011111 10010101 11010111 111010111 11111110 00110101 11111001 11011101 10111111 11011100 10100101 11110100 11110101 01010101 01110111 11011100 111100101 01011101 11011101 111110001 010100101 11111101 11011111 11011111 10111111 01110011 01101101 11010101 11010101 11010101 101100101 10101010 11011101 01110101 101111001 111100100 10010101 11010111 10110101 10110111 10011001 01010100 10011101 11010101 01010111 1100111001 01011111 11101101 10010101 101110101 10110101 11011101 11110101 010101 11111110 111101 101010101 110110 10111111 010100 10010011 1001001 10010101 010101 11010001 11001001 11111101 110100 011010101 110101 11110001 0101011 10010001 111101 11010101 11111001 10010101 101101 10011111 011101 11011101 110101 1101011001 011100 10011001 111001 01001101 111101 11110111 110101 11011101 110101 110010010 101101001 010010010 11111111 111011000100 01001001 1101100100 11001001 101110010 110011001 1110011010 1101001101 1110010010 101001101 1011010010 11011001 11100100010 11111011 1010010110 11001001 111111100 11111001 011110010 1110101 00101100010 001011011 1011110010 1010111011 111010110 01001001 01001100010 11101001
  • Amount of stanzas: 21
  • Average number of symbols per stanza: 375
  • Average number of words per stanza: 64
  • Amount of lines: 218
  • Average number of symbols per line: 35 (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; our, and, to are repeated.

    The poet used anaphora at the beginnings of some neighboring lines. The same words a, where, had, to, in, by are repeated.

    The author used the same words the, i at the beginnings of some neighboring stanzas. The figure of speech is a kind of anaphora.

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

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