This is an analysis of the poem On Manly Beach that begins with:

IT has taken all time for that wave to swell,
Low-ridged, from the ocean over the bay....

Elements of the verse: questions and answers

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  • Rhyme scheme: ababc bcb X dX de de d f Xf gh gh gi ji ji ji j j ij ik ik i g bg bb bb bl gl ga gaXg
  • Stanza lengths (in strings): 5,3,1,2,2,2,1,1,2,2,2,2,2,2,2,1,1,2,2,2,1,1,2,2,2,2,2,2,4,
  • Closest metre: iambic pentameter
  • –°losest rhyme: rondeau rhyme
  • –°losest stanza type: tercets
  • Guessed form: blank verse
  • Metre: 01101111101 1100101001 11101101 010110101 111010111 10100111 11100101 001001001 11100101 100100111 10101111 10100101 1001001001 10111111 11001101101 1000101 11101111 110100110 110100111 10100111 1010110110 10110111 10111110110 0100101 1011111111 011000111 10110101 1101100111 100111001 101101101 111111101 1100101 011110011 1001001011 10011111 1110100111 111110101 11101111 111111011011 001001011 1100110101 0101111001 010110111011 1101111111 01111101111 101111111 111101001 1101011011 1111101111 01111111101 11001011101 101011011 110100111 1011011101 11101011011 1101101
  • Amount of stanzas: 30
  • Average number of symbols per stanza: 76
  • Average number of words per stanza: 14
  • Amount of lines: 56
  • Average number of symbols per line: 40 (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; and, with, not, our are repeated.

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

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  • summary of On Manly Beach;
  • central theme;
  • idea of the verse;
  • history of its creation;
  • critical appreciation.

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