This is an analysis of the poem Before, Behind, And Beyond that begins with:

O the sunny days before us, before us, before us,
When all was bright... full text

Elements of the verse: questions and answers

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  • Rhyme scheme: abbaXbba aXXaccca addcbbbX
  • Stanza lengths (in strings): 8,8,8,
  • Closest metre: iambic tetrameter
  • Сlosest rhyme: limerick
  • Сlosest stanza type: tercets
  • Guessed form: unknown form
  • Metre: 10101011011011 1111 0101 1010010101 11110101 111110 1111111 1101010 10101011011011 1101 1111 1101011 01010101 1011101 1110111 10111111 1011011011011 1101 0101 0111111 11111101 1010101 1110111 110010
  • Amount of stanzas: 3
  • Average number of symbols per stanza: 259
  • Average number of words per stanza: 48
  • Amount of lines: 24
  • Average number of symbols per line: 32 (medium-length strings)
  • Average number of words per line: 6
  • Mood of the speaker:

    The punctuation marks are various. Neither mark predominates.

  • The author used lexical repetitions to emphasize a significant image; us, before, and, behind, beyond are repeated.

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

    There is a poetic device epiphora at the end of some neighboring lines us is repeated).

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