This is an analysis of the poem At The Sign Of The Skull that begins with:

It's 'Gallop and go!' and 'Slow, now, slow!'
With every man in this life below... full text

Elements of the verse: questions and answers

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  • Rhyme scheme: XAA bcbc dede fgfg hhhh ijij XAA
  • Stanza lengths (in strings): 3,4,4,4,4,4,3,
  • Closest metre: iambic tetrameter
  • –°losest rhyme: rima
  • –°losest stanza type: tercets
  • Guessed form: unknown form
  • Metre: 010111111 0100100101 10100110101 01011111 010111 11010101 110101 11010101 010011 11010111 110101 11011011 110101 11110001 1100101 10111011 110101 11010111 111011 10110111 010101 11011111 111011 010111111 0100100101 10100110101
  • Amount of stanzas: 7
  • Average number of symbols per stanza: 120
  • Average number of words per stanza: 24
  • Amount of lines: 26
  • Average number of symbols per line: 32 (medium-length strings)
  • Average number of words per line: 7
  • Mood of the speaker:

    The punctuation marks are various. Neither mark predominates.

  • The author used lexical repetitions to emphasize a significant image; that, and are repeated.

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

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