This is an analysis of the poem The Calf-Path that begins with:

One day, through the primeval wood,
A calf walked home, as good calves should;... full text

Elements of the verse: questions and answers

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  • Rhyme scheme: aabb aacc ddeebb aaffgghhff iiaaiihhffjjkkhh ffffaaddff llaaiimmbbXhhll
  • Stanza lengths (in strings): 4,4,6,10,16,10,15,
  • Closest metre: iambic tetrameter
  • –°losest rhyme: rondeau rhyme
  • –°losest stanza type: sonnet
  • Guessed form: unknown form
  • Metre: 11100101 01111011 11011101 01011111 11110011 11010101 11110101 11111101 01110111 10111111 11011101 01011111 11010111 10110111 10111111 11110111 11011011 11111101 11010101 01110101 11110111 01010011 11010111 01110111 01010101 11111101 01010101 110011001 11010101 110111001 110100101 11011011 00110101 01010101 10011001 01010101 11010110 00010100 111100101 10011011 11010101 10010101 11010101 01000100 01010101 111111001 11010101 11110001 11110001 01010100 01010011 01011101 11110101 01011001 11010101 01110111 11000101 11101111 111100101 01011101 11011111 11010101 11010111 11110101
  • Amount of stanzas: 8
  • Average number of symbols per stanza: 280
  • Average number of words per stanza: 53
  • Amount of lines: 64
  • 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; and, to are repeated.

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

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  • summary of The Calf-Path;
  • central theme;
  • idea of the verse;
  • history of its creation;
  • critical appreciation.

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