This is an analysis of the poem March: An Ode that begins with:

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Ere frost-flower and snow-blossom faded and fell, and the splendour of winter had passed out of sight, ... full text

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  • Rhyme scheme: abbccbcX Xddeeded XcXffcfc Xaaddada aaagXaga ahheeheh Xiiddidi
  • Stanza lengths (in strings): 8,8,8,8,8,8,8,
  • Closest metre: trochaic pentameter
  • –°losest rhyme: enclosed rhyme
  • –°losest stanza type: tercets
  • Guessed form: unknown form
  • Metre: 1 111011101011101001011101 01001101011011110101001 0100100111011111011011 110110010011011100110101 1011110011101101101101101 101010001100111101011011 110011101100111001011 1 11101011001001011011001 101001011011001111011111 11111001011011001101001 11011111011011011011001 111001011101111001011101 101011001011001011011011 11111001011001101001011 1 111111011110101101101101 1111110010110010010100 11001101111111111100110 1111100100100111010111010 11101001111101111111001 1010010110011010010111110 110001101111010011011111 1 10111001011010111101001 11101001101001101001001 111011010001011101110011 11111011011001011111011 111100101101100101111 1110101011010111101011011 1110100010011001101011111 1 11110100100101110100111 10100011110101100101111 11001011101001001101011 001001111100100110111 0010010010010010101001011 11010101011011100001111 1100111100110111110111 1 10101101011001011001011 110011111011101011011 1101100010111101100101 1100100100101111100111 111110011101100101101 10111111011010011111011 111110100101101110111 1 110010101010111100100111 1011100111011001001101 1101000101110100100111 11101011001101001011001 101110111011011110111 1010001101111001101001001 10111001100100100100101
  • Amount of stanzas: 7
  • Average number of symbols per stanza: 703
  • Average number of words per stanza: 133
  • Amount of lines: 62
  • Average number of symbols per line: 79 (very long strings)
  • Average number of words per line: 15
  • Mood of the speaker:

    The punctuation marks are various. Neither mark predominates.

  • The author used lexical repetitions to emphasize a significant image; and, of, than, that, nor, thy, as, not, to, with, his are repeated.

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

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