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

The old fellow from Shao-ling weeps with stifled sobs as he walks furtively by the bends of the Sepentine on a day in spring.
In the waterside...

Elements of the verse: questions and answers

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  • Rhyme scheme: XX XaXXXXXa
  • Stanza lengths (in strings): 2,8,
  • Closest metre: trochaic pentameter
  • Сlosest rhyme: no rhyme
  • Сlosest stanza type: tercets
  • Guessed form: unknown form
  • Metre: 01100111010111110010100100101001 001001000100111111011111111100 101011001010011101010001110100110100101001100011101001101010 0101011010101101001011101110101101 1011101100011010110101100101101110 11011101011 100101001001101011 0110001110111010101011111011011010100100 00100110111111101011000111111001 1101010010010101011001011011111011
  • Amount of stanzas: 2
  • Average number of symbols per stanza: 670
  • Average number of words per stanza: 123
  • Amount of lines: 10
  • Average number of symbols per line: 133 (very long strings)
  • Average number of words per line: 25
  • Mood of the speaker:

    The punctuation marks are various. Neither mark predominates.

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

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  • summary of By The Lake;
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