This is an analysis of the poem Hay-Cutters that begins with:

Time tells them. They go along touching
the grass, the feathery ends. When it feels ...

Elements of the verse: questions and answers

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  • Rhyme scheme: XaXXb XaXbX
  • Stanza lengths (in strings): 5,5,
  • Closest metre: iambic tetrameter
  • –°losest rhyme: no rhyme
  • –°losest stanza type: tercets
  • Guessed form: unknown form
  • Metre: 110110110 0101001101 111101001 10010110 111011 0110101110 100110100101 111011011 11010101 1111011
  • Amount of stanzas: 2
  • Average number of symbols per stanza: 203
  • Average number of words per stanza: 36
  • Amount of lines: 10
  • Average number of symbols per line: 40 (medium-length strings)
  • Average number of words per line: 7
  • Mood of the speaker:

    The punctuation marks are various. Neither mark predominates.

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  • summary of Hay-Cutters;
  • central theme;
  • idea of the verse;
  • history of its creation;
  • critical appreciation.

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