This is an analysis of the poem Ten Thousand Cattle Straying that begins with:

Ten thousand cattle straying,
They quit my range and travell'd away,... full text

Elements of the verse: questions and answers

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  • Rhyme scheme: ABBBC ABBBC XaABb abXbC abbbCXabbbC
  • Stanza lengths (in strings): 5,5,5,5,11,
  • Closest metre: iambic tetrameter
  • –°losest rhyme: rondeau rhyme
  • –°losest stanza type: tercets
  • Guessed form: unknown form
  • Metre: 1101010 111111001 101010111 11111101 11 1101010 111111001 101010111 11111101 11 10 01001010 1101010 101010111 110111101 1111110 111111001 001011010 00111101 11 111110 1101101101 10100101111 110010111 11 111110 11111111 101011101 100010101 11
  • Amount of stanzas: 6
  • Average number of symbols per stanza: 170
  • Average number of words per stanza: 31
  • Amount of lines: 30
  • Average number of symbols per line: 34 (medium-length strings)
  • Average number of words per line: 6
  • Mood of the speaker:

    The punctuation marks are various. Neither mark predominates.

  • The author used lexical repetitions to emphasize a significant image; dead, broke, my are repeated.

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

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

    The poet repeated the same word broke at the end of some neighboring stanzas. The poetic device is a kind of epiphora.

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