This is an analysis of the poem The Channel Swimmer that begins with:

Would you hear a Wild tale of adventure
Of a hero who tackled the sea,...

Elements of the verse: questions and answers

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  • Rhyme scheme: abcb addd efXX gheh aiji Xkak ljeX mece gXhb ileX mfeX nmam XiXi imim adid ancn ecicXdmlm
  • Stanza lengths (in strings): 4,4,4,4,4,4,4,4,4,4,4,4,4,4,4,4,9,
  • Closest metre: trochaic pentameter
  • –°losest rhyme: alternate rhyme
  • –°losest stanza type: tercets
  • Guessed form: unknown form
  • Metre: 1110110010 001011001 010110010 11001011 110111010 111111001 110110110 111111101 111011010 11001011 1010010010 111001101 1010111010 101011011 110110011 111001001 111111010 101001001 110111010 01001011 1100111110 111011101 1000110010 11101101 1010110010 01001010 1010110010 110100110 111010110 01101001 110011010 011101111 111010010 0100101 010111011 101011101 011011011 01001101 1110111010 11011100 110010111 010010011 1110011101 110110010 111001010 001001001 1011011010 101101011 11101111 01111011 01101011100 11011001 011011111 11101101 10111011 1111111 1111110110 111011101 1011010011 101101101 110110010 11001101 010111010 101001101 1111010110 111101010 1011110010 11001001 1010111010 01001001 110111011 111011011
  • Amount of stanzas: 18
  • Average number of symbols per stanza: 152
  • Average number of words per stanza: 29
  • Amount of lines: 72
  • 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, our, him, he are repeated.

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

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  • summary of The Channel Swimmer;
  • central theme;
  • idea of the verse;
  • history of its creation;
  • critical appreciation.

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