This is an analysis of the poem Who Steals My Good Name that begins with:

For the person who obtained my debit card number and spent $11,000 in five days
My pale stepdaughter, just off the school bus, ...

Elements of the verse: questions and answers

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  • Rhyme scheme: a baba cdcd edea eded cbcbXbcbc
  • Stanza lengths (in strings): 1,4,4,4,4,9,
  • Closest metre: iambic pentameter
  • –°losest rhyme: rima
  • –°losest stanza type: sonnet
  • Guessed form: blank verse
  • Metre: 1010101110110111011 1111011011 1110111111 1011110100 1001110001 11101001001 101011101 111111010 10111111101 111101111 0101111101 1111001101 11111111010 100101001011 01010101011 1111011111 01100110111 101101101010 0111011111 010110111010 1101010111 01010010111 1110110101 11110111011 1111111011
  • Amount of stanzas: 7
  • Average number of symbols per stanza: 170
  • Average number of words per stanza: 29
  • Amount of lines: 25
  • Average number of symbols per line: 47 (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; my, one are repeated.

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

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