This is an analysis of the poem The Ballad Of Hard-Luck Henry that begins with:

Now wouldn't you expect to find a man an awful crank
That's staked out nigh three hundred claims, and every one a blank;...

Elements of the verse: questions and answers

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  • Rhyme scheme: aabbccddee ffddgghh ddiijjkk llffddXX mmffdd llnnooaakX hhkkhhmmeX
  • Stanza lengths (in strings): 10,8,8,8,6,10,10,
  • Closest metre: iambic pentameter
  • –°losest rhyme: couplets
  • –°losest stanza type: sonnet
  • Guessed form: heroic couplets
  • Metre: 11010101011101 111111011100101 110100101110111 01111101111111 11000101110101 01010100111101 11010111110101 11010100010111 11011101010101 11111101110101 10010111111101 11110101110111 11100101110101 10011101011111 01000101010101 11111111111111 11010101010101 111111011111010 11110101010001 11010101010101 01000101010101 01001101010101 11110101010111 11111101011101 11001111010111 110100101010101 11111101111111 01010101010101 010100100110101 110100110110111 11110101110001 11111100110101 11110111010110 1011101011001010 11110100011011 01110101110001 11010101110111 11110101110101 11110001010111 01000101010100 010010111010111 110010101111101 11110100011101 11010101011001 01010001110101 11110101110101 111111010110011 101010110010101 01010101110101 110111011101110 01011101011101 11110111110011 101011100011101 01011111110111 11110110110111 11111111110101 11011111111101 10010101101111 01011111110111 111101011111010
  • Amount of stanzas: 7
  • Average number of symbols per stanza: 520
  • Average number of words per stanza: 99
  • Amount of lines: 60
  • Average number of symbols per line: 60 (very long strings)
  • Average number of words per line: 12
  • Mood of the speaker:

    The punctuation marks are various. Neither mark predominates.

  • The author used lexical repetitions to emphasize a significant image; and, to, he, his, some, them, she, you are repeated.

    The poet used anaphora at the beginnings of some neighboring lines. The same words that's, and, a, she, i'm are repeated.

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  • summary of The Ballad Of Hard-Luck Henry;
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  • idea of the verse;
  • history of its creation;
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