This is an analysis of the poem Doubtful Dreams that begins with:

Aye, snows are rife in December,
And sheaves are in August yet,... full text

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  • Rhyme scheme: ababacac adadeeeX fgfghihi gjgjXkhk Xgegikik gegelblX ababegeg hehechch ababegeX ihihcXcb babmncXc moXoXbmb gegegkgk Xjajgngn egegepep qbqbkclc amamqhqX gXgoihih ababrkrX
  • Stanza lengths (in strings): 8,8,8,8,8,8,8,8,8,8,8,8,8,8,8,8,8,8,8,
  • Closest metre: trochaic tetrameter
  • –°losest rhyme: alternate rhyme
  • –°losest stanza type: tercets
  • Guessed form: unknown form
  • Metre: 11110010 1110101 11111010 1111001 001001110 00100101 101001010 10111101 11011010 10111001 010110010 0111001 1010101010 10111001 001001010 00100111 101101110 1101101 11101010 1111101 101110110 11110001 101111010 1100111 111011010 1101111 01111111 0101011 01010010 0101001 11111110 1101111 1010010110 0111001 101011011 10110111 001111110 0101011 01101110 0110111 111111110 1101100 11011110 1111011 111011010 1110111 1111010110 01110000 001001110 10111011 001010010 0011001 111010010 11111001 101011010 101110011 101110110 1111011 101111110 11111011 1101110 1101011 101011010 10110101 11110110 1101101 11011010 1101111 11011010 1111001 11100010 1111011 111010110 00100101 101100010 0101001 01101011 1101010 100011010 1101101 11111010 1100110 11110110 1101111 11111011 1101111 101110101 1101111 01001111 1111011 110110100 11100111 101010010 0101101 001110011 0110111 111011111 010001 11110011 1101001 11010010 1101001 111001010 1100101 111011000 1101001 101111110 0101101 01111010 1111011 111011010 0111101 101101111 0101001 11011011 01001001 11001110 1100101 11001010 1101001 101001111 1111001 11011011 1101111 11010011 1100111 11101110 1111001 11110110 1101111 101001010 1110111 11010110 0101111 111101010 101101011 11111011 1100111 11110111 1111011 101001010 01000111 101100010 1101001 101001010 10101001 0011011010 1111101 1110111101 1100111 110110011 11010011
  • Amount of stanzas: 19
  • Average number of symbols per stanza: 279
  • Average number of words per stanza: 52
  • Amount of lines: 152
  • Average number of symbols per line: 34 (medium-length strings)
  • Average number of words per line: 7
  • Mood of the speaker:

    The punctuation marks are various. Neither mark predominates.

  • The author used lexical repetitions to emphasize a significant image; and, of, that, on, our, old, young, dreams, man, things are repeated.

    The poet used anaphora at the beginnings of some neighboring lines. The same words and, in, the, with, what, or, whose, who, as are repeated.

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

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