This is an analysis of the poem Fauconshawe that begins with:

[A Ballad]
To fetch clear water out of the spring... full text

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  • Rhyme scheme: a bcbcbc adadad aeaXaX efefef ghgXgX aaaaaa edXded eheheX icicic cececX jcjcjX efefef afafaf iXiXiX ddedcd ehghcX cjcjcj eaXaeX babaXa dedeXe ededeX ahahah dcdcdX Xfgfif fegefe fkfkfk hlhlhl fefefX jcjcec kckckX hkhXhk
  • Stanza lengths (in strings): 1,6,6,6,6,6,6,6,6,6,6,6,6,6,6,6,6,6,6,6,6,6,6,6,6,6,6,6,6,6,6,6,
  • Closest metre: iambic tetrameter
  • –°losest rhyme: alternate rhyme
  • –°losest stanza type: tercets
  • Guessed form: ballad stanza
  • Metre: 010 0111010001 01011001 0010010101 0110101 1010110101 10111011 010101001 1100101 1011010101 1100101 110110010101 111101 1111110101 0110101 1110011111 10111011 111100101 10100101 01010101 00101101 0011100101 010011 11011010001 11011001 1100100111 10100111 1110110101 1110101 1010111101 1011101 1010111101 1110101 1001111101 0110101 111101111 0111101 10101100101 11101001 1011111011 1010101 1010100111 10111101 1110100111 11111011 1111101101 1110101 111011101 1111101 110101101 11001110 1110101101 11101110 1111101001 01011110 1110101001 1111101 10101001001 10100101 11101110101 1100101 101100111 11110101 1011100101 1010111 101110101 1010110 01100111 0010101 1010010101 10101001 111011111 00100101 110101001 10101101 0110010101 1110101 0100110101 1100111 1111101011 0010100 110100101 11111101 00101111001 0101111 111111001 00100101 10111101011 10100101 1011110101 1010101 010110101 00111001 0101101011 01100111 110111101 10101110 010111101 1110111 1011111011 10100101 11101100101 101011001 1101110111 1101011 1011110110 1100101 010101101 1110111 1011111001 1110111 110111101 1111111 10101111111 1110111 111101111 1110111 010100111 1100011 1110100101 1100111 110111001 10101101 0010010111 0100101 110110111 00100101 010100101 10100111 10111101001 1101101 111010111 10100111 11101001111 001101010 1111100111 111110110 010111111 11001110 11110001010 0100111 101011111 0100101 1011110101 1100101 010110101 1100101 010111011 1010111 11101111011 10101001 11101111111 0010110 111111111 1100101 111111101 10101101 110111111 1100111 111101101 1110101 1010100111 1101111 110111111 1111101 1111101101 11100111 111110111 011100011 111101101 10100111 1010110101 0010101 0101101001 11101101 1010110101 10110101 100011001 1100101 1010011101 10011111 011111101 1101111 110010111 110011 110011101 1101101
  • Amount of stanzas: 34
  • Average number of symbols per stanza: 207
  • Average number of words per stanza: 40
  • Amount of lines: 189
  • Average number of symbols per line: 37 (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; ', her, in, and, of, he, i, my, with are repeated.

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

    The poet repeated the same word ' at the end of some neighboring stanzas. The poetic device is a kind of epiphora.

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