This is an analysis of the poem The Best Pipe that begins with:

In vain you fervently extol,
In vain you puff, your cutty clay.... full text

Elements of the verse: questions and answers

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  • Rhyme scheme: ababbXbC ababbcbC XbabbcbCXbcbC
  • Stanza lengths (in strings): 8,8,13,
  • Closest metre: iambic tetrameter
  • Сlosest rhyme: rondeau rhyme
  • Сlosest stanza type: tercets
  • Guessed form: unknown form
  • Metre: 01110001 01111101 010011111 11000101 11011101 01011101 11111111 110101010 01110101 01010101 01011101 11110101 11110111 010101110 01100111 110101010 01010100 01010101 01010101 010100001 01010001 110101010 11110111 110101010 11010111 111100010 11111101 110101010
  • Amount of stanzas: 4
  • Average number of symbols per stanza: 234
  • Average number of words per stanza: 44
  • Amount of lines: 28
  • Average number of symbols per line: 33 (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; and is repeated.

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

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

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  • summary of The Best Pipe;
  • central theme;
  • idea of the verse;
  • history of its creation;
  • critical appreciation.

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