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Men are afraid of any woman who makes poetry and dangerous portents. Unable to predict when, for what, and for whom she will open her mouth, unable...

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  • Rhyme scheme: a X b X a b XX
  • Stanza lengths (in strings): 1,1,1,1,1,1,2,
  • Closest metre: trochaic pentameter
  • Сlosest rhyme: no rhyme
  • Сlosest stanza type: tercets
  • Guessed form: unknown form
  • Metre: 11010101011100110011010001111111101001010011011100 01100101010101010101011100011001011100100 111110010001101101100011010010110 111010011010011011011011101010111001110110010001001010111110111111100100 1111111101001001001111111001011100001100100010110101101001010 11111101101010110101 10010001111101001111
  • Amount of stanzas: 7
  • Average number of symbols per stanza: 156
  • Average number of words per stanza: 29
  • Amount of lines: 8
  • Average number of symbols per line: 137 (very long strings)
  • Average number of words per line: 25
  • Mood of the speaker:

    The punctuation marks are various. Neither mark predominates.

  • The author used lexical repetitions to emphasize a significant image; and, her, she, to, of, in, so, for are repeated.

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

    The author used the same word she at the beginnings of some neighboring stanzas. The figure of speech is a kind of anaphora.

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

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  • summary of Nailed;
  • central theme;
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