This is an analysis of the poem The Aged Pilot Man that begins with:

On the Erie Canal, it was,
All on a summer's day,... full text

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  • Rhyme scheme: abcX bded cbcX XbaX FghX aiei iXef jbkb aieX FgHX ffXfbkfkgX efefcala aXegeXXjjXmi eeeX FgHX cjiiiij Xnen gcacabdb kdldFgHX cXXl jikfdX agcgegcg gbbX nimiXikik
  • Stanza lengths (in strings): 4,4,4,4,4,4,4,4,4,4,10,8,12,4,4,7,4,8,8,4,6,8,4,9,
  • Closest metre: iambic tetrameter
  • –°losest rhyme: alternate rhyme
  • –°losest stanza type: tercets
  • Guessed form: ballad stanza
  • Metre: 10100101 110101 1110110 1010100 01011111 110101 11010101 111001 01110001 10111111 11111101 111111 11011110 11011 11111101 110111 11000101 010111 11111100 110111 01110101 110111 11010101 011101 11110101 111101 11010101 110111 11010011 101101 01010011 110101 11111101 011111 11011111 1110101 11000101 100101 11110100 110111 111101111 0100111 0111111 101101 11011101 110101 1010010101 010101 01010111 1101010 10111111 010101 01010101 010101 01010101 010101 01010101 011011 1100 110 110101 011011100 111001 1010 1010 1011 1101 1111101101 11011101 110101 11011101 111111111 1111101 101110 11000101 110101 11110100 110111 01010101 010111 11010101 0111011 11110111 11110101 010101 1001110010 111101 010110101 11100101 11001001001 111101 1100100101 111101 110101101 1110111 110010111 1101110 10101001001 111101 11110111 1110111 11000101 111111 11110100 110111 11011101 010101 110010111 010101 11111111 110001 11001101 110111 11011101 1100010 11010101 110111 11110101 110101 11011101 010101 00011101 011101 01010101 10101110111110111001 10110111 110001 11010101 11000010 11001001 010101 1100100101 110101 010111001 110101
  • Amount of stanzas: 25
  • Average number of symbols per stanza: 171
  • Average number of words per stanza: 32
  • Amount of lines: 135
  • Average number of symbols per line: 31 (strings are less long than medium ones)
  • Average number of words per line: 6
  • Mood of the speaker:

    There are many exclamation marks in the poem. The speaker is excited. He or she has strong feelings on the subject that is described in the poem.

  • The author used lexical repetitions to emphasize a significant image; up, snub, of are repeated.

    The poet used anaphora at the beginnings of some neighboring lines. The same words snub, and, the, three, two, a are repeated.

    The poet repeated the same word ' at the end of some neighboring stanzas. The poetic device is a kind of epiphora.

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