This is an analysis of the poem The Old Sexton that begins with:

I know very well t'was purty hard case
If dere 's not on de worl' some beeger place... full text

Elements of the verse: questions and answers

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  • Rhyme scheme: aabccb XXdXXe XXfggf edhXXah iicffc bXXXjX kkiccji ddacXa aXfaaf iijXlj jjkcXX jjdlld bbfdef kXmddm ffbkkX
  • Stanza lengths (in strings): 6,6,6,7,6,6,7,6,6,6,6,6,6,6,6,
  • Closest metre: iambic pentameter
  • –°losest rhyme: couplets
  • –°losest stanza type: tercets
  • Guessed form: heroic couplets
  • Metre: 1110111011 01111011101 1100111 1111101111 101011111 10100110101 1011101111 1101101101 011011111 10100110101 1110100111 110011011 10111010111 1101100100 1110111 1111110011 101101111 111001111101 1111111011 1011101010101 10101101 11100111110 11101010111 1001110111111 101 11101111101 10111111 100111111 101110111 1011111101 1101110101 11000110101 1011101110 11110100 111100110 110111101 1010111111 101101110101 1101111101 1111101101 110011111 1100110101 01111111110 1 110110111 01010101 111011111 10101000111 1110101110 1101111 10110110110 1111101101 1101111 1101011001 1111111101 1111110101 1110111101 0111101101 1110011101 111101110 11011100101 011101 111101111101 1110101101 1111101 111011100101 110100100 110100111 111100110101 110100111 111101111 1111101111 11110111101 1101101111 11110111001 10101110111 101111101 1110101101 1110111 1101101 110111111101 1101101111 11101101 111001001011 111101100101 111101111 1101011101 1110110111 1101101011 11111111101 1111101011 011101111
  • Amount of stanzas: 15
  • Average number of symbols per stanza: 237
  • Average number of words per stanza: 49
  • Amount of lines: 92
  • Average number of symbols per line: 38 (medium-length strings)
  • 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; an', de, of, on, he, she are repeated.

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

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

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