This is an analysis of the poem The Dusky Wood-Swallow that begins with:

Surely must you know me,
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  • Rhyme scheme: ababXcDc efefggDg hghghiDi jkjkhgDg
  • Stanza lengths (in strings): 8,8,8,8,
  • Closest metre: iambic trimeter
  • –°losest rhyme: alternate rhyme
  • –°losest stanza type: tercets
  • Guessed form: unknown form
  • Metre: 101111 10110 111011 10100 011010 10111 101010 10101 1001110 111001 111010 11001 100010 110101 101010 10101 100010 01101 111010 11111 101010 10111 101010 10101 001010 11001 101010 10101 1001110 10111 101010 10101
  • Amount of stanzas: 4
  • Average number of symbols per stanza: 186
  • Average number of words per stanza: 32
  • Amount of lines: 32
  • Average number of symbols per line: 22 (very short strings)
  • Average number of words per line: 4
  • Mood of the speaker:

    The punctuation marks are various. Neither mark predominates.

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  • summary of The Dusky Wood-Swallow;
  • central theme;
  • idea of the verse;
  • history of its creation;
  • critical appreciation.

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