This is an analysis of the poem A Ballade Of Waiting that begins with:

No girdle hath weaver or goldsmith wrought
So rich as the arms of my love can be;... full text

Elements of the verse: questions and answers

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  • Rhyme scheme: abaXbabA aXaXbabA aXaXbaba XXbabA
  • Stanza lengths (in strings): 8,8,8,6,
  • Closest metre: iambic tetrameter
  • Сlosest rhyme: limerick
  • Сlosest stanza type: tercets
  • Guessed form: unknown form
  • Metre: 1101101111 1110101110 1100100101 10111101100 110010101 0110100101 1110101110 0011100111 1110100111 11001110 1110100111 1010010100 1110100101 01011001011 111100111 0011100111 1110100111 1010011100 1110100101 101110100 110100101 100110101 011111111 1011100111 10 1110111101 110100101 1110100111 0011100111
  • Amount of stanzas: 5
  • Average number of symbols per stanza: 229
  • Average number of words per stanza: 46
  • Amount of lines: 29
  • Average number of symbols per line: 39 (medium-length strings)
  • Average number of words per line: 8
  • Mood of the speaker:

    The punctuation marks are various. Neither mark predominates.

  • The author used lexical repetitions to emphasize a significant image; of, to, and are repeated.

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

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