This is an analysis of the poem A Tale Of The Thirteenth Floor that begins with:

The hands of the clock were reaching high
In an old midtown hotel;...

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  • Rhyme scheme: abcbcded efcfgggg ahihibgX jkgkljajXX kegegmXmbX mgegbeienX XcgcgXoe jcbcimlmam anmngXiX gninmgpg lbeboXjk ikmkpqlq kifimeXe cacagecX kkgkingXXgimi
  • Stanza lengths (in strings): 8,8,8,10,10,10,8,10,8,8,8,8,8,8,13,
  • Closest metre: iambic tetrameter
  • –°losest rhyme: alternate rhyme
  • –°losest stanza type: tercets
  • Guessed form: ballad stanza
  • Metre: 010010101 0111101 111110101 010101 11111111 10001010 01011111 10100010 0010110101 1010001 1010101101 1100101 01110001 10100101 10110001 10100001 110010101 11011110 1110110001 101100010 110101111 00101101 10110010111 01101110 01110111 1010101 1010110101 0100111 011110111 110111 110010101 0110101 1000101110 110100100 101100111101 1100101 11100111001 1101111 01011101 011011 1010111101 110001 1010110001 11001100 111001101 0100101 11010101 101001 11101101001 111101 011110101 1100111 11110101 0101000 111011101100 110001 10010011101 0010101 010011101 1101010 1110110101 1010111 011011101 1100101 011010101 1010101 11111111 010101 011010111 010101 10100100111 11100101 0111011001 11100101 001011111 1101011 110011101 00100100 10100101001 0100101 11011101 110101 111110101 010101 1101001001 010001 11011101 11100101 10101101101 0011101 11011111 101101 111110101 01010110 111110101 1110101 1011110101 1010101 0011101001 010111 11110111 100101 1011110101 1100001 110111101 00100111 1100110101 10101111 1111101001 110111 10010010 0011001 11111001 010111 01111001 1011101 010110111 101101 1011111101 101001110 101110001101 10111101 111110101 110101 1010111111 10111001 111011111 111101010 011111101 10100111 1101111101 00100101
  • Amount of stanzas: 16
  • Average number of symbols per stanza: 290
  • Average number of words per stanza: 54
  • Amount of lines: 132
  • Average number of symbols per line: 34 (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; into, and, to, i, you are repeated.

    The poet used anaphora at the beginnings of some neighboring lines. The same words the, i, and are repeated.

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

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  • idea of the verse;
  • history of its creation;
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