This is an analysis of the poem Rose The Red And White Lily that begins with:

O Rose the Red and White Lilly,
Their mother dear was dead,... full text

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  • Rhyme scheme: abcX dbab XcXc eXfX cGcX HGbX cijX cGcX HGaX cijX aXkXgc aXXX XghglX dcaX bXXl igbg gXXk fXCX mhiX mhihXX clcX cgcX icgc cXcc CcXX dccc cgiX jgdX jlil cgcX ccbX XgbX fgXgbX aGhX ccbc iXgX EgXX kcbX eXnX bgXg ignX clbl agbX hbeX cgXX alXX ggcX dcac gicX Bg
  • Stanza lengths (in strings): 4,4,4,4,4,4,4,4,4,4,6,4,6,4,4,4,4,4,4,6,4,4,4,4,4,4,4,4,4,4,4,4,6,4,4,4,4,4,4,4,4,4,4,4,4,4,4,4,4,4,4,4,4,4,4,4,4,4,4,
  • Closest metre: iambic tetrameter
  • –°losest rhyme: alternate rhyme
  • –°losest stanza type: tercets
  • Guessed form: ballad stanza
  • Metre: 11011110 110111 1110101110 101101 11111111 111101 1010010110 10101101 1101110101 110111 1111110111 1011101 11011110 11010100 11011101 111111 11010101 111101 01111101 111101 101111101 110111 101010101 1111001 11111101 111001 1110110101 11101111 11010101 111101 01111101 111101 101111101 110111 101010110 1111001 11111101 111001 1110110101 11101111 11011110 111101 111111111 1110110 111101101 010111 11010110 110101 1111010 011101 1101111110 0100111 111111101 0101011 111001010 110111 111111111 111101 101101110 101010101 01010111 1110010 111110100 110101 1110100101 011101 11010011 110100 10110101 100101 11011000 1101011 11010111 110110 11011110 110101 11111111 111101 11111111 11101010 11111111 111101 11111111 1110101 110111011 010110 111101101 110111 10111011 111011 11011101 1111011 10111111 111111 010110001 01011110 110110001 01011110 11011101 011100 111110110 101001 11011110 111101 11110101 1111010 1101101011 1101001 11011101 110111 11111101 110111 11101010101 011101 1111101011 1111011 11011011 1111101 1101101 1111111 110110101 110101 11010110 1110111 11110101 111111 11111101 101111 11111101 110001 11010101 110110 100010111 1101111 11011101 1101101 11010111 010101 111010111 111110 11010110 1010111 11110111 1110011 11111101 010111 111010011 1101011 011100101 100110 11110111 1111011 11011110 1010111 11111101 110110 11111101 111101 11100011 111001 111101110 111111 110101011 111011 111010011 011101 11111101 010101 11010101 110111 110111011 110111 11010101 110111 11010101 111101 11011110 110111 111101101 1111011 11011101 011110 111011110 110011 11010101 1101101 11001101 111111 11011110 111111 111111111 111111 11111101 1110011 11011101 011111 11011111 110100 11110110 1001011 11010111 100101 1101001001 000101 11010101 1111101 11011101 1110111 11010101 11010 111010110 11111 11111111 1100101 1010011101 10101111 11011110 110111 11011110 010101 10011110 110101 11110111 110111 01111101 111101 11110011 100111 11111101 111101 11110101 110111 01111101 1101101 11010010 110001 11010101 111110 11011101 110101 11010101 1010111 110111111 110101
  • Amount of stanzas: 59
  • Average number of symbols per stanza: 130
  • Average number of words per stanza: 28
  • Amount of lines: 244
  • Average number of symbols per line: 31 (strings are less long than medium ones)
  • Average number of words per line: 7
  • Mood of the speaker:

    The punctuation marks are various. Neither mark predominates.

  • The author used lexical repetitions to emphasize a significant image; son, to, ye, by, my, your, i are repeated.

    The poet used anaphora at the beginnings of some neighboring lines. The same words and, she, or, nor, till, an are repeated.

    The author used the same words then, 'oh at the beginnings of some neighboring stanzas. The figure of speech is a kind of anaphora.

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

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