This is an analysis of the poem The White Squall that begins with:

On deck, beneath the awning,
I dozing lay and yawning;... full text

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  • Rhyme scheme: aaabaaabaXab cccdefedgXgd hXXffeefXaaf iiiXhXhfbbbf aaaf gXiihhggaXaaajjjbbjXbbXaXXggbb Xhkklbhh XXagXXkkcc eeXXXbgXXgbbbX lliibXccXXlbjjiijjiiiiiXXhhhfaaaf
  • Stanza lengths (in strings): 12,12,12,12,4,30,8,10,14,33,
  • Closest metre: trochaic tetrameter
  • –°losest rhyme: no rhyme
  • –°losest stanza type: sonnet
  • Guessed form: unknown form
  • Metre: 1101010 1101110 0101010 110101 10101010 10101010 1101010 010101 111010010 1101100 101110 010001 11111011 1111011 10100011 110101 10101110 10110011 101010010 1100101 011001010 11101010 11001110 010101 1100110 10101010 011001000 111111 0100111 1111010 0111110 1011111 1101010 11010010 1101010 110101 0101110 10011110 0101110 110110 1101010 0101110 1111010 010101 1111110 0111110 10101010 011101 11010110 1101010 10110010 010101 10101010 11001010 10101010 10111010 101001010 10101110 10111010 1101010 10111010 10101010 10101010 10111010 11101010 1111010 10101010 0101110 101110010 1101010 10101011 00100010 00101110 1101110 10101110 10101010 10101100 1100010 10100010 1100010 101011110 10101010 101111100 11111110 10101010 1111000 11101010 01101110 111000110 11101010 10101010 01011000 11010100 0101110 0111010 100100 10101010 1101100 11101010 1111000 1101010 1111110 10100010 0101111 1111010 1101110 111111000 01010100 0111000 1101010 10101010 1101110 11101110 00101010 0101110 11001001 11101010 101010 101010010 11110010 1101010 1111010 11001100 1111110 1111010 1101110 0101010 1101010 1111010 11101010 1111010 0111110 1101110 1101010 110110 1101010 1101010 11110110 1101010 0101110 1101110 1101001 1111110 1101010 110110 011111
  • Amount of stanzas: 11
  • Average number of symbols per stanza: 412
  • Average number of words per stanza: 72
  • Amount of lines: 146
  • Average number of symbols per line: 30 (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; i, and, their, dirty, them, her are repeated.

    The poet used anaphora at the beginnings of some neighboring lines. The same words and, i, their, the are repeated.

    There is a poetic device epiphora at the end of some neighboring lines were, them, her are repeated).

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