This is an analysis of the poem Shillin' A Day that begins with:

My name is O'Kelly, I've heard the Revelly
From Birr to Bareilly, from Leeds to Lahore,... full text

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  • Rhyme scheme: XXXXXabXabbbb bcddcXdXcddddeeXXe
  • Stanza lengths (in strings): 13,18,
  • Closest metre: trochaic tetrameter
  • –°losest rhyme: no rhyme
  • –°losest stanza type: sonnet
  • Guessed form: unknown form
  • Metre: 110010110100 01010001001 111100 101100 1101111001000 111010011010 01011011111 1011010 010010 11101001001 101001 1001 1001001001 1011110010011 11101011111 1111110 110010 11011011111 1011100111110 111000011010 101110 001101 1011001111010 11011010 11110 111010110010 1110 1111 100101 1101
  • Amount of stanzas: 3
  • Average number of symbols per stanza: 395
  • Average number of words per stanza: 67
  • Amount of lines: 30
  • Average number of symbols per line: 39 (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 is repeated.

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

    There is a poetic device epiphora at the end of some neighboring lines day, letter are repeated).

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