This is an analysis of the poem October, 1915 that begins with:

When the white rose and the red spill their leaves upon the way,
Make a scented path to tread through the long, sun-haunted day;...

Elements of the verse: questions and answers

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  • Rhyme scheme: aabbccddaacc
  • Stanza lengths (in strings): 12,
  • Closest metre: trochaic pentameter
  • –°losest rhyme: couplets
  • –°losest stanza type: sonnet
  • Guessed form: unknown form
  • Metre: 10111011110101 10101011011101 11101010010101 10101011110011 11111010011101 10101011010111 10101110011101 10100111010111 10001011010101 10101011010101 11111010010001 10101011010111
  • Amount of stanzas: 1
  • Average number of symbols per stanza: 703
  • Average number of words per stanza: 135
  • Amount of lines: 12
  • Average number of symbols per line: 58 (very long strings)
  • Average number of words per line: 11
  • Mood of the speaker:

    The punctuation marks are various. Neither mark predominates.

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

    The poet used anaphora at the beginnings of some neighboring lines. The same word where is repeated.

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