This is an analysis of the poem The Sea To The Shell that begins with:

The sea, my mother, is singing to me,
   She is singing the old refrain, ...

Elements of the verse: questions and answers

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  • Rhyme scheme: AbXbaa Acacdd Aeaedd ababdd cfcfdd
  • Stanza lengths (in strings): 6,6,6,6,6,
  • Closest metre: iambic tetrameter
  • –°losest rhyme: alternate rhyme
  • –°losest stanza type: tercets
  • Guessed form: ballad stanza
  • Metre: 0111001001 10100101 0100110100 1011101 00111101001 1111100111 0111001001 10111001 0011100111 1100111 0111001001 0100100111 0111001001 10101001 0100100111 11001001 100100101 110100111 011100101 11100111 0101110100 1100101 011101111 0101100111 11011001101 1101111 01101101101 11100111 11111001011 0010100111
  • Amount of stanzas: 5
  • Average number of symbols per stanza: 273
  • Average number of words per stanza: 47
  • Amount of lines: 30
  • Average number of symbols per line: 45 (strings are more long than medium ones)
  • Average number of words per line: 8
  • Mood of the speaker:

    The punctuation marks are various. Neither mark predominates.

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

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

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

    The poet repeated the same word shell at the end of some neighboring stanzas. The poetic device is a kind of epiphora.

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