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

On the barren hillside lone he sat;
On his head he wore a tattered hat;... full text

Elements of the verse: questions and answers

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  • Rhyme scheme: aabbc ddeee ffgga hhiicXaaffe
  • Stanza lengths (in strings): 5,5,5,11,
  • Closest metre: iambic pentameter
  • –°losest rhyme: couplets
  • –°losest stanza type: sonnet
  • Guessed form: heroic couplets
  • Metre: 101011111 101110101 001110101 101110101 101011101 101010111 10101001 101110101 101110101 101011001 101011101 10101101 10111111 1001100101 101011101 101010111 10101111 11001101 111111001 001011111 101011111 10101111 00101111 001110111 101011111
  • Amount of stanzas: 5
  • Average number of symbols per stanza: 200
  • Average number of words per stanza: 35
  • Amount of lines: 25
  • 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; he, his, with, and are repeated.

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

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

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