This is an analysis of the poem The Ballad Of The Oysterman that begins with:

IT was a tall young oysterman lived by the river-side,
His shop was just upon the bank, his boat was on the tide;... full text

Elements of the verse: questions and answers

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  • Rhyme scheme: aabb aacX ccXX bbdd XXXX dXbb Xaee
  • Stanza lengths (in strings): 4,4,4,4,4,4,4,
  • Closest metre: iambic pentameter
  • Сlosest rhyme: rondeau rhyme
  • Сlosest stanza type: tercets
  • Guessed form: blank verse
  • Metre: 01011100110101 01110101011101 01000101111111 11010101110001 01010100110101 0101110010001 11010100111001 101011100110110 11010100100111 111110111111111 11000101110101 010101001101010 11110001110101 11110101100111 11010111111111 11110101101101 110101011111110 1110101011100010 11011111110111 110101011100101 11010101111101 11001101110101 11110100110111 01110101111101 011111011101001 11110001100111 111100000010011 11111101111101
  • Amount of stanzas: 7
  • Average number of symbols per stanza: 239
  • Average number of words per stanza: 47
  • Amount of lines: 28
  • Average number of symbols per line: 59 (very long strings)
  • Average number of words per line: 12
  • Mood of the speaker:

    The punctuation marks are various. Neither mark predominates.

  • The author used lexical repetitions to emphasize a significant image; i, and, as, he, that, ' are repeated.

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

    The author used the same words it, out 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 ' is 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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  • summary of The Ballad Of The Oysterman;
  • central theme;
  • idea of the verse;
  • history of its creation;
  • critical appreciation.

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