This is an analysis of the poem Lights Along The Mile that begins with:

THE NIGHT descends in glory, and adown the purple west
The young moon, like a crescent skiff, upon some fairy quest, ... full text

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  • Rhyme scheme: aabbccdd eeeeffdd bbaadddd bbeXggdd aahhbbdd iijjkkddXaaeehhdd
  • Stanza lengths (in strings): 8,8,8,8,8,17,
  • Closest metre: iambic pentameter
  • –°losest rhyme: couplets
  • –°losest stanza type: tercets
  • Guessed form: heroic couplets
  • Metre: 01010101100101 01110101011101 11010101110111 010111001010101 11010001010001 01010101010001 1100110111101 11011101010101 11010111010101 11110101010101 11000101011101 010001011010111 111101110100101 01011111010111 11010101010001 0101111010101 11010101010101 11010101010101 11010000111111 01000101110101 01011101010101 11011101110101 10110101010101 01010101010101 11010101010101 010101001111111 110101010101011 11110101010010 11011101110101 111111000100101 1100101010101110 01110101010101 11010101000101 010101011101001 01110111011111 01000111010101 11010101011101 11010101010101 0100010110100111 010100111010101 11110101111111 01001101110101 01001101110100 110110110110100 001010001111101 11010101010101 11010111110111 11011101010101 11110101111101 11010101110111 01110101110101 1101000111111 01110101010101 11011100101001 11010101010111 11000101010101
  • Amount of stanzas: 7
  • Average number of symbols per stanza: 511
  • Average number of words per stanza: 89
  • Amount of lines: 56
  • Average number of symbols per line: 63 (very long strings)
  • Average number of words per line: 11
  • Mood of the speaker:

    The punctuation marks are various. Neither mark predominates.

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

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

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

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

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