This is an analysis of the poem Ballade Of The Dream that begins with:

Swift as sound of music fled
When no more the organ sighs,... full text

Elements of the verse: questions and answers

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  • Rhyme scheme: ababbcbC abaXbcbC ababbcXC XXbcbC
  • Stanza lengths (in strings): 8,8,8,6,
  • Closest metre: iambic trimeter
  • –°losest rhyme: rondeau rhyme
  • –°losest stanza type: tercets
  • Guessed form: unknown form
  • Metre: 1110101 1110101 1111111 1111111 1110101 11100111 1111101 10010101 1010101 1010101 1010001 0010111 1010111 10111001 1111101 10010101 1111111 1110111 1110101 0010100 1111111 1011101 1111101 10010101 10 1111101 10010101 1010111 10010101
  • Amount of stanzas: 5
  • Average number of symbols per stanza: 180
  • Average number of words per stanza: 33
  • Amount of lines: 29
  • Average number of symbols per line: 30 (strings are less long than medium ones)
  • 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; like, from are repeated.

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

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

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