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

I heard Old Ocean raise her voice and cry,
   In that still hour between the night and day; ...

Elements of the verse: questions and answers

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  • Rhyme scheme: aaaaaaaa XbaXba
  • Stanza lengths (in strings): 8,6,
  • Closest metre: iambic pentameter
  • –°losest rhyme: limerick
  • –°losest stanza type: tercets
  • Guessed form: sonnet with iambic pentameter or irregular meter
  • Metre: 1111010111 11110010111 11010011111 1000010101 1001011111 1011110001 11010010101 1111010101 1011101101 1011010101 1011010111 1101011101 1111110001 1101010001
  • Amount of stanzas: 2
  • Average number of symbols per stanza: 369
  • Average number of words per stanza: 60
  • Amount of lines: 14
  • Average number of symbols per line: 52 (very long strings)
  • 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; and is repeated.

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  • summary of The Silent Tide;
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