This is an analysis of the poem Ay Me, Ay Me, I Sigh The Scythe A-Field that begins with:

Ay me, ay me, I sigh to see the scythe a-field;
Down goeth the grass, soon wrought to wither'd hay:...

Elements of the verse: questions and answers

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  • Rhyme scheme: abab cbcb dbdb efef bgbg
  • Stanza lengths (in strings): 4,4,4,4,4,
  • Closest metre: iambic pentameter
  • –°losest rhyme: rima
  • –°losest stanza type: tercets
  • Guessed form: blank verse
  • Metre: 111111010101 1101110101 11011101110111 1101111101 111111111101 1111010101 1101110111110001 111111011 11111111111 11111001001 1101110111110101 1101110010 1111111101001 1111111101 110111011110111 0101111111 111111111111 0011011101 1101110111110101 11010001111
  • Amount of stanzas: 5
  • Average number of symbols per stanza: 197
  • Average number of words per stanza: 41
  • Amount of lines: 20
  • Average number of symbols per line: 48 (strings are more long than medium ones)
  • Average number of words per line: 10
  • Mood of the speaker:

    There are many exclamation marks in the poem. The speaker is excited. He or she has strong feelings on the subject that is described in the poem.

  • The author used lexical repetitions to emphasize a significant image; ay, me, that, can are repeated.

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

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