This is an analysis of the poem The Great Yellow River Inundation In China that begins with:

'Twas in the year of 1887, and on the 28th of September,
Which many people of Honan, in China, will long remember;... full text

Elements of the verse: questions and answers

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  • –°losest rhyme:
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  • Amount of stanzas: 14
  • Average number of symbols per stanza: 233
  • Average number of words per stanza: 41
  • Amount of lines: 56
  • Average number of symbols per line: 58 (very long strings)
  • Average number of words per line: 10
  • Mood of the speaker:

    The punctuation marks are various. Neither mark predominates.

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

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

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

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