This is an analysis of the poem Bourke's Dream that begins with:

Lonely and sadly one night in November
I laid down my weary head in search of repose... full text

Elements of the verse: questions and answers

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  • Rhyme scheme: ababccdeef ddgXddbeeb ahahhhiccXgdXdhhijjXXjfjf
  • Stanza lengths (in strings): 10,10,25,
  • Closest metre: trochaic pentameter
  • –°losest rhyme: alternate rhyme
  • –°losest stanza type: sonnet
  • Guessed form: unknown form
  • Metre: 10110110010 111110101001 1110011111010 10110110001 100101 100111 1101011101 101101 101101 1101101101 111111011010 0101010110011 010111110010 100101100010010 110101 1011001 11110110101 110111 1011001 1111010101101 11111110010 10101001001 1111011011010 1110010011011 10010101 1000111 10110011100 110111 110101 1111110000 11101110010 1101110101101 111111011100 11111111101 0111101 100111 11111011000 1001101 11001111 1100111100010 1111101100101 011101011011 001101110111 1111111111101
  • Amount of stanzas: 4
  • Average number of symbols per stanza: 452
  • Average number of words per stanza: 81
  • Amount of lines: 44
  • Average number of symbols per line: 40 (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; i, and are repeated.

    The poet used anaphora at the beginnings of some neighboring lines. The same words tired, i, on, with are repeated.

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

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