This is an analysis of the poem A Float On A Floe that begins with:

For I was tired of the country,
And sick of the city's sin ; ...

Elements of the verse: questions and answers

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  • Rhyme scheme: X ab a b XX b c dX d d be b d fb f e cX c a gb g hX dh X cd c X ce cX c a gd ge cbXc
  • Stanza lengths (in strings): 1,2,1,1,2,1,1,2,1,1,2,1,1,2,1,1,2,1,1,2,1,2,2,1,2,1,1,2,2,1,1,2,2,4,
  • Closest metre: iambic tetrameter
  • –°losest rhyme: alternate rhyme
  • –°losest stanza type: tercets
  • Guessed form: ballad stanza
  • Metre: 111100010 1100101 1111011101 011100 11010101 0010110 11110111101 1010111 01100100111 1011101 111110001 1100111 1110110101 1100111 1111011001 10110111 111110111 1111111 111110101 11110111 1110101101 1110001 01010101 1010111 111110111 111111 01111101 1011101 11110101 11111011 11101001001 0110111 11110001 100101 101011111 110111 011111101 011101 101111111 110101 101010101 111101 110110111 111101 101011111 1011111 1100101001 1110101 101111111 1011111
  • Amount of stanzas: 35
  • Average number of symbols per stanza: 48
  • Average number of words per stanza: 10
  • Amount of lines: 50
  • Average number of symbols per line: 34 (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; to, be, i, no, and are repeated.

    The poet used anaphora at the beginnings of some neighboring lines. The same words my, and are repeated.

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

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  • summary of A Float On A Floe;
  • central theme;
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  • history of its creation;
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