This is an analysis of the poem Certain Truths About Certain Things that begins with:

And the boy that lives next door
Said to me one day, There's more... full text

Elements of the verse: questions and answers

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  • Rhyme scheme: aabcdede X ffaaccXc X bXggeheh X iijjXXXe i ffiibbbb i ddkaefef X ggjjlelX X ggmmXlll X imeedede b ggaaglgl i eeeebebe X ddllgigi X nnbbfgfg XXllmmkkbfbf
  • Stanza lengths (in strings): 8,1,8,1,8,1,8,1,8,1,8,1,8,1,8,1,8,1,8,1,8,1,8,1,8,12,
  • Closest metre: iambic trimeter
  • –°losest rhyme: couplets
  • –°losest stanza type: tercets
  • Guessed form: unknown form
  • Metre: 1011111 1011111 0110101 1111111 010011111 1011111 1111101 1110101 1 1100111 1010111 1110101 1011101 1110111 1011101 1010100 1110111 1 1111111 1111101 1111110 0111111 1110101 1010001 1110101 1010111 1 1111101 1111101 1111101 1110111 10101000 1111111 10100011 1011001 1 1111101 0111101 1111111 1010101 1010101 1000101 1011101 1010111 1 1111111 1010101 1010100 1110101 1010111 1110101 0011111 1011101 1 1111101 1011101 0110111 1011111 1010101 1110111 1010111 1110101 1 1111111 1010101 1010100 1110100 10110000 1110111 0110101 1011101 1 1010111 10111000 1111111 1110101 01100111 10101011 1011101 0110001 1 1110111 1010111 1010101 1011101 1011101 1111101 1111100 1110111 1 1011101 1010011 1101111 1010111 1010111 1110111 10111001 10100101 1 1010101 1010101 0111111 1110101 11111001 1010111 0111111 0011111 1 1011101 01111001 1110011 10100100 1010111 1100101 1011110 01010001 1 1010111 1111111 10111100 10101010 11101110 10011010 1110101 1010101 1110101 1111111
  • Amount of stanzas: 27
  • Average number of symbols per stanza: 129
  • Average number of words per stanza: 26
  • Amount of lines: 127
  • Average number of symbols per line: 27 (strings are less long than medium ones)
  • 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; or, and are repeated.

    The poet used anaphora at the beginnings of some neighboring lines. The same word where is repeated.

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