This is an analysis of the poem May-Day Ode that begins with:

But yesterday a naked sod
The dandies sneered from Rotten Row,... full text

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  • Rhyme scheme: abbcaddc daaadcca bddebffe XggXXhhX iXjiijji kccikjji glligcci daafdmmf jkknjjjn oiicohhc cXjiclli jdjojkko pqqocddo lXdiliii ajdiajji mppomaao loojlXjj drrejooeXigglibbl
  • Stanza lengths (in strings): 8,8,8,8,8,8,8,8,8,8,8,8,8,8,8,8,8,17,
  • Closest metre: iambic tetrameter
  • –°losest rhyme: enclosed rhyme
  • –°losest stanza type: tercets
  • Guessed form: unknown form
  • Metre: 11010101 01010101 1100100011 1111 11110101 01010101 11010001 0101 01011111 01010001 11110101 0101 01011101 01010111 11011101 1111 01010111 11010101 01010101 0101 11010101 11110111 10010101 1101 11010111 010100101 010101001 0101 01101011 11010011 10110101 1110 11001101 10111100 01010101 1101 11110101 11010101 11010101 0101 10110101 11011101 10111101 0101 01010101 11010101 010010101 0101 11010101 110101001 11011111 1101 11010101 11010111 01101111 1111 01000101 01010101 11010001 1111 10011101 11010111 11010111 1101 010101001 01010101 11010111 1101 11001101 10010001 10010101 0101 01010101 11000111 01011101 0111 01011111 11000001 11010101 0011 01010001 10011000 100011001 0101 01010101 01010011 010001001 1101 110100101 10010111 10010011 0101 10011101 101011111 11110101 0101 011101110 11001101 01010101 1101 01010101 01011101 11010101 1011 01010101 01010100 01010101 1111 110101110 110100101 01010101 0101 010100101 11010111 11110111 0101 11110111 11111101 101100001 0101 010100111 01010100 01010100 1101 11010101 11010101 01010101 1101 11010101 11010101 01000101 1101 010010111 01111111 10010101 1101 01010101 010101 01010101 0101 01000101 01010101 11010101 0101 11011101 11110101 110101101 0011 11010101 110100101 11010101 11101
  • Amount of stanzas: 19
  • Average number of symbols per stanza: 242
  • Average number of words per stanza: 43
  • Amount of lines: 152
  • Average number of symbols per line: 29 (strings are less long than medium ones)
  • Average number of words per line: 5
  • Mood of the speaker:

    The punctuation marks are various. Neither mark predominates.

  • The author used lexical repetitions to emphasize a significant image; and, of, her, from, she are repeated.

    The poet used anaphora at the beginnings of some neighboring lines. The same words and, a, hush, then, from, to, the, god's are repeated.

    The author used the same words a, from at the beginnings of some neighboring stanzas. The figure of speech is a kind of anaphora.

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