This is an analysis of the poem No Possum, No Sop, No Taters that begins with:

He is not here, the old sun,
As absent as if we were asleep....

Elements of the verse: questions and answers

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  • Rhyme scheme: Xa bX cc Xb XX bd dc XX cd Xd ab Xb
  • Stanza lengths (in strings): 2,2,2,2,2,2,2,2,2,2,2,2,
  • Closest metre: iambic tetrameter
  • Сlosest rhyme: couplets
  • Сlosest stanza type: tercets
  • Guessed form: unknown form
  • Metre: 1011011 110101001 010100111 1010001 00110101 11011111 011111011 111010101 010010001 1101111001 110101001 01110101 00110100101 011101001 00001010100 10110100 01010100 0100100101 001001111 01100001000 0111011101 10010001 11111100 1101000101
  • Amount of stanzas: 12
  • Average number of symbols per stanza: 72
  • Average number of words per stanza: 14
  • Amount of lines: 24
  • Average number of symbols per line: 35 (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; have, without, of are repeated.

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

    The author used the same word it at the beginnings of some neighboring stanzas. The figure of speech is a kind of anaphora.

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  • summary of No Possum, No Sop, No Taters;
  • central theme;
  • idea of the verse;
  • history of its creation;
  • critical appreciation.

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