This is an analysis of the poem The Herb-Gatherer that begins with:

A grey, bald hillside, bristling here and there
With leprous-looking grass, that, knobbed with stones,... full text

Elements of the verse: questions and answers

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  • Rhyme scheme: abbaabbacdecde
  • Stanza lengths (in strings): 14,
  • Closest metre: iambic pentameter
  • –°losest rhyme: enclosed rhyme
  • –°losest stanza type: sonnet
  • Guessed form: sonnet with iambic pentameter or irregular meter
  • Metre: 01111100111 01010111001 1001010111 11001110001 1101011001 1101010111 01110111001 0111010111 0101010001 1111010111 01010011101 100010101001 1011110001 01001101101
  • Amount of stanzas: 1
  • Average number of symbols per stanza: 632
  • Average number of words per stanza: 114
  • Amount of lines: 14
  • Average number of symbols per line: 44 (strings are more long than medium ones)
  • Average number of words per line: 8
  • Mood of the speaker:

    The punctuation marks are various. Neither mark predominates.

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  • summary of The Herb-Gatherer;
  • central theme;
  • idea of the verse;
  • history of its creation;
  • critical appreciation.

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