This is an analysis of the poem Welcome To The Chicago Commercial Club that begins with:

January 14, 1880
CHICAGO sounds rough to the maker of verse;... full text

Elements of the verse: questions and answers

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  • Rhyme scheme: X aaXb ccad eebb ffee gghh hhaa iibbXidcc
  • Stanza lengths (in strings): 1,4,4,4,4,4,4,9,
  • Closest metre: iambic pentameter
  • –°losest rhyme: couplets
  • –°losest stanza type: sonnet
  • Guessed form: heroic couplets
  • Metre: 101011 01111001001 11011101011 011001001011 11011011111 11011011111 111111001100 111010010001 10101001101 11011111001 111111000111 11001111001 101111111011 111111111101 101001011011 111001111011 100111011001 11011011101 111101101011 11011111010 111101011001 1111111111001 11011111011 101101001111 111101011101 111011011111 111001101101 101001101101 1110011101011 111111101001 11011001101 101101011001 001001001100
  • Amount of stanzas: 9
  • Average number of symbols per stanza: 179
  • Average number of words per stanza: 34
  • Amount of lines: 33
  • Average number of symbols per line: 48 (strings are more long than medium ones)
  • Average number of words per line: 9
  • Mood of the speaker:

    The punctuation marks are various. Neither mark predominates.

  • The author used lexical repetitions to emphasize a significant image; we, your, you, our, by, as are repeated.

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

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

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  • summary of Welcome To The Chicago Commercial Club;
  • central theme;
  • idea of the verse;
  • history of its creation;
  • critical appreciation.

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