This is an analysis of the poem Li'L' Gal that begins with:

Oh, de weathah it is balmy an' de breeze is sighin' low.
Li'l' gal,...

Elements of the verse: questions and answers

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  • Rhyme scheme: aBXBXXXB cBcBaaXB dBdBaaaB
  • Stanza lengths (in strings): 8,8,8,
  • Closest metre: trochaic pentameter
  • –°losest rhyme: couplets
  • –°losest stanza type: tercets
  • Guessed form: unknown form
  • Metre: 101000101010101 11 101010100010101 11 1101010100011101 1101011101110111 1111110101010011 11 1101010101010101 11 11010101011010001 11 111110101111101 1110111011110101 11010110101010111 11 1111101100101101 11 1101010101001111 11 111110101011101 1111011101111111 11010110101010111 11
  • Amount of stanzas: 3
  • Average number of symbols per stanza: 341
  • Average number of words per stanza: 73
  • Amount of lines: 24
  • Average number of symbols per line: 42 (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; de, 's, an', mattah, wid, dey, love, 'em, i are repeated.

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

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  • summary of Li'L' Gal;
  • central theme;
  • idea of the verse;
  • history of its creation;
  • critical appreciation.

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