This is an analysis of the poem Ballade Of Summer's Sleep that begins with:

Sweet summer is gone; they have laid her away-
The last sad hours that were touched with her grace-... full text

Elements of the verse: questions and answers

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  • Rhyme scheme: ababbcbC ababbcbc ababbcbc XXbcbC
  • Stanza lengths (in strings): 8,8,8,6,
  • Closest metre: iambic pentameter
  • Сlosest rhyme: alternate rhyme
  • Сlosest stanza type: tercets
  • Guessed form: blank verse
  • Metre: 11001111001 01110101001 001101001101 01101001001 110110101 00111101101 101100101 110101101 01111011101 1001001001 1011110111 0100111101 101100111 100100101 10100101 100101101 0101110111 1101110111 00100101001 011110111 0010100101 0100100101 1100100111 100101101 10 101001100101 0100100111 10111001101 110101101
  • Amount of stanzas: 5
  • Average number of symbols per stanza: 245
  • Average number of words per stanza: 47
  • Amount of lines: 29
  • Average number of symbols per line: 41 (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; her is repeated.

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

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

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