This is an analysis of the poem The Last Buccaneer that begins with:

The winds were yelling, the waves were swelling,
The sky was black and drear, ... full text

Elements of the verse: questions and answers

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  • Rhyme scheme: XXXa XbaX caXa XaXX cbdbXdada
  • Stanza lengths (in strings): 4,4,4,4,9,
  • Closest metre: iambic pentameter
  • –°losest rhyme: no rhyme
  • –°losest stanza type: tercets
  • Guessed form: blank verse
  • Metre: 0101001010 011111 10101011010101 01101101 1011111011101 111011101 1110010010101 1010011000 100111110011111 011011011 0101111011101 111101101 101110110101010 01110101 10101010010101 0101100100 010101010111 00100101 1101001010111 10100101 01101010100101 01011011 1111011010111 001001101
  • Amount of stanzas: 6
  • Average number of symbols per stanza: 189
  • Average number of words per stanza: 35
  • Amount of lines: 24
  • Average number of symbols per line: 47 (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; to, and, of are repeated.

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

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