This is an analysis of the poem An Octopus that begins with:

of ice. Deceptively reserved and flat,
it lies 'in grandeur and in mass'...

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  • Rhyme scheme: aXbcXdcefXddghXbXbaXXiXbjaXXbgXidakbblembXggbdlXbXfbbgdaXdXajcglgXcibedajXXkfmXbbXiiXXXXXnaXaXbXXhgXXXigcjXoiaXfXagbbiddoibbXfihbhbfg bgiXgbbXncodfbedXbXgfkacXpXampbccXadcbiagXabfg XgaXXgaXbXcbbXXcgecXjX
  • Stanza lengths (in strings): 133,46,22,
  • Closest metre: trochaic pentameter
  • –°losest rhyme: no rhyme
  • –°losest stanza type: sonnet
  • Guessed form: unknown form
  • Metre: 0101000111 01101101 010101011 101001101101001 1010 1011010110010 010101110100110 11 010101000 101000001 11010001010100010 010101010 10101011 0101010 00101010110111 0110110101110 1010101010010 0110001010010100 11011001010 011101001100010 001011011011010010000 110100010 101000110101011 10110110100 010010 11001001011101 10001100010 101010101010 11101011 1000111110 1011110101010100 110111010100110 11010001000100110 1 110001010001 01111101010 01011111110 0010011011 1000100100010001 111001 0101001100110111 010 111110010010 11111111 11011110 00010000010101 100110010010001 11011101010 01010 10111010101010 100101010100 1111010 01010011101010 111011011001 1101110100010 01101010010110110 100110101000 110100111010 10100010011001000 101 01110101110101 11011101 0101010000010001 010101 1010010011010101 111101110 0101 110100010101110 11111101110011 0101010101 01100100100110101 1001 01001100 110011011100100 01001111000 11010101 0101010 01110011010111 11010111100 1110001000100010 1111001 1111010011 01010100010 111010010110 101001001001 11110 100100101000101 01010 011011011101 1010010110010 011100110101 10110111110 1001010001 1000110101010 1001000100010 110010011001101 110101011 10110 1110010110 11010101110 11011011100100101 010100 1101011101010 1010101 0110101 110101011 10011101110101 110001110001 0101010101110 1111011100010 00100010 01011101010 01100110100110 01001110 01000101001 01010101010011 111101110 11010110 01011101010 1101101011010 1101101101001 1010001010101010 10010101111101 10110100110 111100 110110000100010 10101110111110010 01010101010 0001000100010001 010110001010010 101 0111010100 100100010 110101010101000 01 01010100010 010111011 1100001010100 0101111 010011010111 1000010001010100 1101110111010 1 01101100111 11000101010001 11001111011010 1010101000100 01110100111 01110101 0100010010000 100011000100 111011 100111001100 0110010100 010001010101 11010101010 101001010110010 110010010010 11011011111010 100001001101 110101 0101110001010110 010101 1111011010 101001001100010100 101001010010001 110100101010010 001100 10010011010101 11111101 1111110101010 010100101010 011001 110100010 11011010101100 1010101 000101011 101110101010100 010 1001010010 0101000001000101 00010011 10101010001 011000101100 0011101110101 1101011 1011111001 0101111 1101110 1100110010111 01011011 11010101010101 110101010100100 001101011110101 0101001101 01010101 11000101110101 010101010010 01110101 1011010010 00100101110100
  • Amount of stanzas: 3
  • Average number of symbols per stanza: 2918
  • Average number of words per stanza: 497
  • Amount of lines: 201
  • Average number of symbols per line: 43 (strings are more long than medium ones)
  • 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, and, its, who, or, one, neatness are repeated.

    The poet used anaphora at the beginnings of some neighboring lines. The same words the, to, or, that are repeated.

    There is a poetic device epiphora at the end of some neighboring lines ' is repeated).

    The literary device anadiplosis is detected in two or more neighboring lines. The word/phrase neatness connects the lines.

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  • summary of An Octopus;
  • central theme;
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  • history of its creation;
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