This is an analysis of the poem The North Shore that begins with:

September On Cape Ann
The partridge-berry flecks with flame the way... full text

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  • Rhyme scheme: a bbbbbXcbdeedee X a feXffeeXggbggc X h ijjiijjichgbhg X k lmmllmmljgXjge b a ahhaehheangang b e hhhhXhhhhhXhhb X l oppoXhholejlej X X ebbeebbeeeaeea X X gjjggjjgaabaab h X gmmggmmgpljpXX b X beebbXebghpghp X c jkkjjmkjbgqbgq X h eaaehXaeacmabm X d ebcXXc
  • Stanza lengths (in strings): 1,14,1,1,14,1,1,14,1,1,14,1,1,14,1,1,14,1,1,14,1,1,14,1,1,14,1,1,14,1,1,14,1,1,14,1,1,14,1,1,14,
  • Closest metre: iambic pentameter
  • –°losest rhyme: rondeau rhyme
  • –°losest stanza type: sonnet
  • Guessed form: blank verse
  • Metre: 010111 0101010101 1101010101 1101010101 10110000101 1001110101 1011011100 1001110100 11001100001 0101010111 1001110111 01110100101 1101000101 0101110101 1101010001 1 0110010 1101000101 1101110101 0101011110 1101011101 0101101101 01001010101 1011001111 01001011100 1101110011 1101010111 0101101101 1111110101 0101011101 1101000100 1 0100 1101000111 0100010101 0101010101 1111010101 1001111101 1000001101 1100100101 0101010101 0101000100 0100010101 1101010111 1001011101 1001010101 0101101111 1 111110 1101111111 1111011111 1101011111 1101010111 01010101001 1111010101 0101000111 0111101111 1111011111 0100010001 1011010101 1001010101 1111101111 1101010101 1 01010 0111010101 10011100101 1101010111 0101111101 0011010101 1001010011 11001010101 1101110101 10011100111 1111011001 1001000111 0100010101 0101011111 1101110001 1 1 1101000101 0111110101 1111110111 11011100101 1101110100 0111011101 1111010111 0111111100 1011111111 1101111101 1111010110 1101010011 0100101101 0101010101 1 0101 1111011101 0110010101 1101100111 1101010111 1101010111 0101010111 1101110111 1111010111 1001110101 1001010101 1111110101 1101010101 1101011111 1001010101 1 101100 0101111001 1001110001 11011100111 01001010001 0101010111 1101011101 1101111101 1001000101 1001110101 1111110001 0111111101 10011111111 1001010101 1011000101 1 110 0101010111 1011110101 0111010101 1100010101 0101010101 0101011101 11011101001 0101001101 1101011101 11001100101 0111010001 11010010001 1011110111 101101001 1 0010 1101110101 1011110101 01010101001 10110101001 1100010101 0101010111 0001010001 01011100101 1101010101 1111000100 11110010101 1101010111 0101011100 0111110100 1 10 1101110101 1101010101 1011010111 1001110101 1101001111 11111101010 10011010111 10011110101 1001110101 1101010111 1011010001 1101100101 1001011111 1101011111 1 101010 01001011101 11110101010 11011101110 1001101011001 1101010101 10011101110 01011101010 100100001111 1101111011 1101011101 1011010101 1111110101 1111001011 1101110100 1 010101 1101110101 1101010101 1101010111 0100010111 1101011111 0111111000 1101011101 0101110101 1001000111 1001010100 1101010111 0101110101 0101001101 10001110101 1 1101 1001010111 1101110101 11010010100 0111010100 0101111100 011100101000 1101010101 1001010111 0111010001 1111111101 1100010101 1111010101 0101011111 1101110001
  • Amount of stanzas: 41
  • Average number of symbols per stanza: 217
  • Average number of words per stanza: 39
  • Amount of lines: 223
  • Average number of symbols per line: 39 (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; of, old, some, and, her, as, where are repeated.

    The poet used anaphora at the beginnings of some neighboring lines. The same words old, the, of, her, as, with, and are repeated.

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