This is an analysis of the poem Swimming that begins with:

I have just drunk the waters of Changsha
And come to eat the fish of Wuchang. ...

Elements of the verse: questions and answers

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  • Rhyme scheme: XXXXabcbXbXaXdaXcdb
  • Stanza lengths (in strings): 19,
  • Closest metre: iambic tetrameter
  • –°losest rhyme: no rhyme
  • –°losest stanza type: sonnet
  • Guessed form: unknown form
  • Metre: 1111010010 110101010 11110010111 10010010101 1011111 101110100011 011111 1110110101 1111101 11001 101111 11101 0101010111 100110000101 1010111001 01110111 101110001010 0101001011 01010111
  • Amount of stanzas: 1
  • Average number of symbols per stanza: 725
  • Average number of words per stanza: 139
  • Amount of lines: 19
  • Average number of symbols per line: 37 (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, to are repeated.

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