This is an analysis of the poem Rippling Water that begins with:

The maiden sat by the river side
(The rippling water murmurs by),... full text

Elements of the verse: questions and answers

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  • Rhyme scheme: aBabaaabcdXD aEaeaXaedddD cfcfbbbXgXgD hEheaaaXfdfD fBfXiiiXjdjD dkdkdddkhdhD afafaaafldlD
  • Stanza lengths (in strings): 12,12,12,12,12,12,12,
  • Closest metre: iambic pentameter
  • –°losest rhyme: enclosed rhyme
  • –°losest stanza type: sonnet
  • Guessed form: blank verse
  • Metre: 010110101 010010101 110000111 011100111 11111011011 1010011101 111101111 110111001 111010011010 1010110111 1101100101101 010010101 10110101 010010101 1010111001 011110111 110111111 1010101111 11101011111 111111101 101111101 111101111 0110101011 010010101 110100111 010010101 111101111 110100101 11101111100 100111101 11100111101 0110101101 010111001 101010110 1010101001 010010101 110101101 010010101 1011111111 01101101 110110111 110101101 1110101111 111101011 110110101 010010101 11100100101 010010101 100101011 010010101 100101101 10011100 101101101 110110111 11111011 1110111101 110110101 110111111 11101001011 010010101 10011111 010010101 100111001 100111000 101101001 111011001 1011001001 0100111111 11101111 1111111001 111111011 010010101 10111101 010010101 01001001001 1110111011 10101101 1010101101 10101000101 1101101101 1010111101 00110100101 0110101101 010010101
  • Amount of stanzas: 7
  • Average number of symbols per stanza: 478
  • Average number of words per stanza: 89
  • Amount of lines: 84
  • Average number of symbols per line: 39 (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, her, of are repeated.

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

    The author used the same word brian at the beginnings of some neighboring stanzas. The figure of speech is a kind of anaphora.

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

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  • summary of Rippling Water;
  • central theme;
  • idea of the verse;
  • history of its creation;
  • critical appreciation.

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