This is an analysis of the poem Two Dogs Have I that begins with:

For years we've had a little dog,
Last year we acquired a big dog;...

Elements of the verse: questions and answers

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  • Rhyme scheme: aabcbadc aaceXafe Xafghadg adXdedXX aiXXdiXX XdehXdah
  • Stanza lengths (in strings): 8,8,8,8,8,8,
  • Closest metre: trochaic tetrameter
  • –°losest rhyme: rima
  • –°losest stanza type: tercets
  • Guessed form: unknown form
  • Metre: 10110101 111010011 11011111 1110010111 111101111 111001011 101101110 10110111 101110101 101011011 0101001001 1011101 0101111000 01011111 1101010 11100101 01111100 111010101 010110101 10101111 01101010 010100101 11010100 110101 011100101 11101110 010100111 1011000 101010011 10110010 01111010 1010101 111110101 11101110 11101010 1111111 11011010 11011110 1101111000 1101000010 11110010 101011100 10111110 1011111 11111011 0111010 1010111011 1011101
  • Amount of stanzas: 6
  • Average number of symbols per stanza: 266
  • Average number of words per stanza: 54
  • Amount of lines: 48
  • Average number of symbols per line: 32 (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; dog, we, little, big, i, no, she, wonder, yet are repeated.

    The poet used anaphora at the beginnings of some neighboring lines. The same words he, the, no, 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.

    There is a poetic device epiphora at the end of some neighboring lines dog, i are repeated).

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  • summary of Two Dogs Have I;
  • central theme;
  • idea of the verse;
  • history of its creation;
  • critical appreciation.

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