This is an analysis of the poem The Gaberlunzie's Walk that begins with:

The Laird is dead, the laird is dead,
An' dead is cousin John,... full text

Elements of the verse: questions and answers

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  • Rhyme scheme: abbb cbXbabdbebBFXXXF aXbXcX GXhX XbabdbXbBFXXXF XbhXGcbccccXXiffXbXXiiccXhjjbXaaXXXcXXXakkbXddXbXefffXXXF
  • Stanza lengths (in strings): 4,16,6,4,14,57,
  • Closest metre: iambic pentameter
  • Сlosest rhyme: no rhyme
  • Сlosest stanza type: sonnet
  • Guessed form: blank verse
  • Metre: 01010101 110101 0101101101 10101 1011111111 111111 1011110111 111111 10111010111 1110101 110101101011 1010111 1101011010101 1101101 101011010101 010111 111110100 100100 110100 1101 111111 1101110 0110101101 1101101 1111110101 010111 10111010101 100111 1111111 110101 111011011101 010111 11011101111 111101 10101110111 1010111 11101101111 011101 101011010101 010111 111110100 100100 110100 1101 1101001111 111101 1111111 110101 10111010101 111111 10101101101 101001 111111101001 1111101110101 111111110111 0101010111101 111111110101 11011001010101 111111111101 0111011011111 01011011010101 1101010010111101 01110101010111 01111001111111 111111110101 110011101110101 11111111001 11111110111101 1101100111011 110101111101101001 111111111101 11010110110101 111010101011 11110101111111 111111011101001 11010111010001 111111011101010 111110011101010 1101111111101 11010101101101 11011001011111 11010111010101 111111110101 11000101110001 01011101110011 11111011110111 11011101111101 011101101111110 11010101110101 11111101110111 11011011111101 011111001111111 01110110011110 11011111111101 01110111010101 11010111110101 11110111010101 11110100 100100 110100 1101
  • Amount of stanzas: 6
  • Average number of symbols per stanza: 784
  • Average number of words per stanza: 152
  • Amount of lines: 106
  • Average number of symbols per line: 43 (strings are more long than medium ones)
  • Average number of words per line: 9
  • Mood of the speaker:

    The punctuation marks are various. Neither mark predominates.

  • The author used lexical repetitions to emphasize a significant image; dead, an', awa', hereawa', a', i', his, horn, step, he, hears, listens, cry are repeated.

    The poet used anaphora at the beginnings of some neighboring lines. The same words an', a', the, he are repeated.

    There is a poetic device epiphora at the end of some neighboring lines hereawa', ', gray are repeated).

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

    The literary device anadiplosis is detected in two or more neighboring lines. The word/phrase hereawa' connects the lines.

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