This is an analysis of the poem The Demon Snow-Shoes (A Legend Of Kiandra) that begins with:

The snow lies deep on hill and dale,
In rocky gulch and grassy vale,... full text

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  • Rhyme scheme: aabbcc ddeeff ggddff hhiicc iiaajj cckkee ddllcX dXmmdd aakkgX ddeedd Xkddnn ggbbcc ddlliX ddkkkk llXakk ooooiX kkkkcc kkkkdX kXaaee kkbbcc Xooooff
  • Stanza lengths (in strings): 6,6,6,6,6,6,6,6,6,6,6,6,6,6,6,6,6,6,6,6,7,
  • Closest metre: iambic tetrameter
  • –°losest rhyme: couplets
  • –°losest stanza type: tercets
  • Guessed form: unknown form
  • Metre: 01111111 01011101 010101001 11011101 11111101 0110101 01000111 11000101 11011111 01010111 10110101 010101001 11010101 01000111 11010101 11010101 11111101 01010101 11010111 11011101 111000101 11010011 010110101 11010101 01111101 01010001 110100101 11010000 01011111 110010111 01010111 01110111 11010101 11110101 01110101 01011101 11010011 01010011 110111001 11110101 11011100 010100111000 11010101 11011101 10010101 11001101 11110101 11110001 11011100 11010101 01111101 01010101 10010101 10101110100 11010111 110010111 11000101 11011101 11010101 01010101 010101101 01100001 01110101 01111101 11011101 11011111 101110111 11111111 10011111 010011111 01011101 11011101 01010101 111101101 101011101 10011111 11111101 011111010 11010111 01111101 11010101 010101001 11111101 01110101 11010001 010011001 11011010 01010101 01010101 11110101 11010101 11010111 110010101 101011101 11111111 111111010 01011111 11010101 10001101 100110101 01010111 10011101 01110001 01011101 11011111 11110101 010110101 011001110 11111101 10010111 11010101 11010101 11010101 011010101 01111101 11011100 11011111 01011101 11011101 11010101 11010101 10110101 11010111 00110001 01010111 11011111
  • Amount of stanzas: 21
  • Average number of symbols per stanza: 217
  • Average number of words per stanza: 39
  • Amount of lines: 146
  • Average number of symbols per line: 30 (strings are less long than medium ones)
  • Average number of words per line: 6
  • Mood of the speaker:

    The punctuation marks are various. Neither mark predominates.

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

    The poet used anaphora at the beginnings of some neighboring lines. The same words now, his, the, they are repeated.

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

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