This is an analysis of the poem I Saw Three Ships that begins with:

I saw three ships come sailing in
On Christmas day, on Christmas day;...

Elements of the verse: questions and answers

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  • Rhyme scheme: ABACBBBCDBDCBBBCEBECCBCC CBCC CBCC XBXC
  • Stanza lengths (in strings): 24,4,4,4,
  • Closest metre: iambic tetrameter
  • –°losest rhyme: rondeau rhyme
  • –°losest stanza type: sonnet
  • Guessed form: unknown form
  • Metre: 11111100 11011101 11111100 11010010 11101111 11011101 11101111 11010010 11011010 11011101 11011010 11010010 11011111 11011101 11011111 11010010 11100101 11011101 11100101 11010010 11011111 11011101 11011111 11010010 1101001011 11011101 1101001011 11010010 11011111 11011101 11011111 11010010 11110110 11011101 11110110 11010010
  • Amount of stanzas: 4
  • Average number of symbols per stanza: 343
  • Average number of words per stanza: 59
  • Amount of lines: 36
  • Average number of symbols per line: 37 (medium-length strings)
  • 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; in, on, christmas, day are repeated.

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

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

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