This is an analysis of the poem Ca' The Yowes To The Knowes that begins with:

1 Ca' the yowes to the knowes,
2 Ca' them where the heather grows... full text

Elements of the verse: questions and answers

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  • Rhyme scheme: XaaX bXbX cccd aaad eeeX fffX
  • Stanza lengths (in strings): 4,4,4,4,4,4,
  • Closest metre: iambic tetrameter
  • Сlosest rhyme: couplets
  • Сlosest stanza type: sonnet
  • Guessed form: unknown form
  • Metre: 110100010 11010101 1101011 1111 11010101 11010110 11010111 1111 11111101 11010101 110011101 1001110 110101010 111111110 1100101010 1101110 11110111 1110111011 11011111 1111 11110111 11111101 11111101 1111
  • Amount of stanzas: 6
  • Average number of symbols per stanza: 140
  • Average number of words per stanza: 25
  • Amount of lines: 24
  • 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; ca' is repeated.

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

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