This is an analysis of the poem The Siren that begins with:

She sung a song; an' I sat silent there,
Wiv bofe 'ands grippin' 'ard on me chair;... full text

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  • Rhyme scheme: aababX XcdcdX eebebe ffgfXf ccgcXc hhahah ccicXc jjhXhj iiXidX kklXlk XXmdmd ccXcXc kXkkXk iibibX kkcXck XdedXd XaXaia ccdcdc mXeXem
  • Stanza lengths (in strings): 6,6,6,6,6,6,6,6,6,6,6,6,6,6,6,6,6,6,6,
  • Closest metre: iambic pentameter
  • –°losest rhyme: alternate rhyme
  • –°losest stanza type: tercets
  • Guessed form: blank verse
  • Metre: 1101111101 111101111 111101111 1101010111 1100111111 1111010011 111101001110 1100010101 1101111101 1110110111 1111110101 11010101110 1101111111 0111110110 0101110101 0101111101 1100111011 1111111101 1101110111 1111011111 1101111101 1101010001 1101110111 1011110101 1101110101 1101010101 1101010101 1111010111 1111011101 1101011111 1101011101 0101001101 1111011101 1111111111 1101111101 1111011101 0111101101 1110010111 1011011101 1101010111 1101111101 111010111 0111011001 1111111001 0101011111 1110010101 0101110011 1101100101 1101111011 1101011101 1100111111 1111101101 1111111111 1101110111 0111011111 1101110110 0111110101 1111111000 1110010111 1011111011 10111111001 1101111111 1111011011 1111011101 11111100101 1111110101 1111011101 0111111011 1110011101 1111011111 1101011010 1111110101 1101110111 1101111101 1101110111 1101011101 1101110111 1101110101 1111011101 0111001101 1111110001 0111111101 0101110111 1111110111 1011111111 1111100101 1111101101 1101111101 1111011111 1101110111 11110111100 0111110101 1111110101 1111011111 1101010110 11001110001 0111010101 0111101111 1111110101 1111010111 1101110111 11110010101 1100110111 1101110101 1111111101 1111110111 1101011111 1111111101 1101001101 11111011011 1111000101 1101110111 110111111 1101000101
  • Amount of stanzas: 19
  • Average number of symbols per stanza: 258
  • Average number of words per stanza: 52
  • Amount of lines: 114
  • Average number of symbols per line: 42 (strings are more long than medium ones)
  • Average number of words per line: 9
  • Mood of the speaker:

    The punctuation marks are various. Neither mark predominates.

  • The author used lexical repetitions to emphasize a significant image; 'e, i, their, they, an', 'er, in, she, never, me, to, so are repeated.

    The poet used anaphora at the beginnings of some neighboring lines. The same words i, they 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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  • summary of The Siren;
  • central theme;
  • idea of the verse;
  • history of its creation;
  • critical appreciation.

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