This is an analysis of the poem Falling Leaves that begins with:

Now the leaves are falling, bronze and brown and yellow,
Some are dry as parchment, crisp as new bank notes.... full text

Elements of the verse: questions and answers

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  • Rhyme scheme: Xabacaba bdcdbbXb
  • Stanza lengths (in strings): 8,8,
  • Closest metre: trochaic pentameter
  • –°losest rhyme: limerick
  • –°losest stanza type: tercets
  • Guessed form: unknown form
  • Metre: 101110111110 11111011111 1011101110 111010011 101110100110 00101110110 1001001110 10010010101 1001101111010 1111010101 1011101010 10101000101 11010101110 10101010111 101010101100 10001010101
  • Amount of stanzas: 2
  • Average number of symbols per stanza: 368
  • Average number of words per stanza: 67
  • Amount of lines: 16
  • Average number of symbols per line: 45 (strings are more long than medium ones)
  • Average number of words per line: 8
  • Mood of the speaker:

    The punctuation marks are various. Neither mark predominates.

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