This is an analysis of the poem Balloon Faces that begins with:

The Balloons hang on wires in the Marigold Gardens.
They spot their yellow and gold, they juggle their blue and red, they float their faces on the...

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  • Rhyme scheme: aXXaaXbbaaaaX XXXa
  • Stanza lengths (in strings): 13,4,
  • Closest metre: trochaic pentameter
  • Сlosest rhyme: limerick
  • Сlosest stanza type: sonnet
  • Guessed form: unknown form
  • Metre: 00111100010110 1111011110111111110101001 011101110100111011111010111011100110101100100 10101110110100010101010011110010110 1101001110101010001101010101000110 11011010001010111111101110110111101 11110111011011111 1101001110100101010111110101101111011101 0110010100111001010110010110 1111111001111111010 011111011010111010010 01010111101101011001011011010010 110101101001101111111111110111110 11110100011010101101100011110 101110101100111011101000011000011 1010011001101001101011111111
  • Amount of stanzas: 3
  • Average number of symbols per stanza: 643
  • Average number of words per stanza: 118
  • Amount of lines: 16
  • Average number of symbols per line: 120 (very long strings)
  • Average number of words per line: 22
  • Mood of the speaker:

    The punctuation marks are various. Neither mark predominates.

  • The author used lexical repetitions to emphasize a significant image; they, their, balloon, and, faces, of, eaters, these, for, all, moon, it, on, half are repeated.

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

    There is a poetic device epiphora at the end of some neighboring lines eaters is repeated).

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