This is an analysis of the poem An Apology For The Bottle Volcanic that begins with:

Sometimes I dip my pen and find the bottle full of fire,
The salamanders flying forth I cannot but admire.... full text

Elements of the verse: questions and answers

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  • Rhyme scheme: XabbXXaaccddeeffaagg
  • Stanza lengths (in strings): 20,
  • Closest metre: iambic pentameter
  • Сlosest rhyme: couplets
  • Сlosest stanza type: sonnet
  • Guessed form: heroic couplets
  • Metre: 011111110101010 01010101110101 01010100011101 11110101111111 11111111110111 101101010101110 11111111010101 010111110111111 11010111110001 110001011100101 11111101110101 11010101111101 11111100111111 11111101110101 11010111100101 11010101110001 11011101011101 11010101110101 01010101100101 110101010100101
  • Amount of stanzas: 1
  • Average number of symbols per stanza: 1191
  • Average number of words per stanza: 228
  • Amount of lines: 20
  • Average number of symbols per line: 59 (very long strings)
  • Average number of words per line: 11
  • Mood of the speaker:

    The punctuation marks are various. Neither mark predominates.

  • The author used lexical repetitions to emphasize a significant image; and, as, of, my are repeated.

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

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