This is an analysis of the poem To The Immortal Memory Of The Halibut, On Which I Dined This Day, Monday, April 26, 1784 that begins with:

Where hast thou floated, in what seas pursued
Thy pastime? When wast thou an egg new spawned,... full text

Elements of the verse: questions and answers

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  • Rhyme scheme: aabXcbabXdbXdedddeXXXbcXead
  • Stanza lengths (in strings): 27,
  • Closest metre: iambic pentameter
  • –°losest rhyme: no rhyme
  • –°losest stanza type: sonnet
  • Guessed form: blank verse
  • Metre: 1111001101 1111111111 10010000101 1111010101 1101110111 10110011001 0100110111 1111011111 01010011101 11000010101 0100110111 11010001010 1101001101 1011011101 11010010101 0101110001 11011111001 0101110001 0101111101 1111111111 1111011101 0111110111 10010001001 0011111111 1111000101 1101111111 0101100101
  • Amount of stanzas: 1
  • Average number of symbols per stanza: 1180
  • Average number of words per stanza: 213
  • Amount of lines: 27
  • Average number of symbols per line: 43 (strings are more long than medium ones)
  • Average number of words per line: 8
  • Mood of the speaker:

    The punctuation marks are various. Neither mark predominates.

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

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  • summary of To The Immortal Memory Of The Halibut, On Which I Dined This Day, Monday, April 26, 1784;
  • central theme;
  • idea of the verse;
  • history of its creation;
  • critical appreciation.

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