This is an analysis of the poem Variations At Home And Abroad that begins with:

It takes a lot of a person's life
To be French, or English, or American...

Elements of the verse: questions and answers

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  • Rhyme scheme: XabcdeaefghaaigX jddiaaiacjcbieklaidfadekfaifkaghbfXafjffedaaemihkhX lmadkmdjmbbldmg dbkidajmjadnfgoiapnXXXoafefpdi
  • Stanza lengths (in strings): 16,51,15,30,
  • Closest metre: iambic pentameter
  • –°losest rhyme: shakespearean sonnet
  • –°losest stanza type: sonnet
  • Guessed form: blank verse
  • Metre: 010100101 00111010100 1010100110101110101 0101100001001100101000 1000100 1100001001011001 10010101111 1010011 1010011111 11001010 11010110110100110 1101011101 110010101010111 101 11000101110001001 1101100 0010110010101010 0010011101010 10100101111010100 010110110101 101010100011100100 100011 1111110010101101010 1 01001000100100110010 1010 0101100101011010100 10110101 10100101111000111010 1101001011 00101010100111101 11110110001 10111010101010 10100010101010001101 00100 1110110101111 1110011001011101 0010110010010101111000 00010111101000110100 1011011110101101 01010010001010010001100 010 110101001010010010101 01 1001111110011 0110010011010011111 1100001011100010001 1010011110 001010111010001 1111011100101001010 10101 1010100111101100010 10110000101011010101 1111111101010 101011001010001 0101011001001 11110011111000 011101000100100 0101100100001 100011110010100 10001010011111001 111111101001011111 0 11010001010001010110 0110001101 10101000100110010101010 111001 1001101010101000111101 1 01001111110100 110101100110010100 101010101001101111010 0010111110101 1010110101001110100100 1100100101111010 01101011101000111 1011 11110101100111 010011001000111 0100111010010100 01010101001010111111 01010011 101100010010000010010110100 0101001001010001001001 1101111 0100101011101 11000110011010011110 0110101110 001010101010010 0101111111100101 10 10110100110101010010 111101010 1110010101010100100010 0010010011101011000101 11 10010101000010 111000110101 010010101 01011001110001 00101100011101001001 1 11110101110101101100 1000 101100100011101110 10 110010101011101001 1 000101000101010 1010011011110101 100110011101000100 01010100100101101
  • Amount of stanzas: 4
  • Average number of symbols per stanza: 1434
  • Average number of words per stanza: 257
  • Amount of lines: 112
  • Average number of symbols per line: 50 (strings are more long than medium ones)
  • Average number of words per line: 9
  • Mood of the speaker:

    The punctuation marks are various. Neither mark predominates.

  • The author used lexical repetitions to emphasize a significant image; to, or, of, and, o, all, surface, its, be, my, in, percent, boatman, it, his are repeated.

    The poet used anaphora at the beginnings of some neighboring lines. The same words o, the, my are repeated.

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