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

THE little moon is dead,
Drowned in the flood of rain ... full text

Elements of the verse: questions and answers

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  • Rhyme scheme: ababa aaaaa bcbcb ddddd efefe
  • Stanza lengths (in strings): 5,5,5,5,5,
  • Closest metre: iambic trimeter
  • –°losest rhyme: alternate rhyme
  • –°losest stanza type: tercets
  • Guessed form: unknown form
  • Metre: 010101 100101 11010111 110001 010111111111 0110001 101101 11010101 010101 110101010101 110101 110111 01011111 110101 110111110101 110111 100111 10110111 011111 11101010010101 011101 010101 00110101 010101 0111010110111
  • Amount of stanzas: 5
  • Average number of symbols per stanza: 182
  • Average number of words per stanza: 32
  • Amount of lines: 29
  • Average number of symbols per line: 31 (strings are less long than medium ones)
  • Average number of words per line: 6
  • Mood of the speaker:

    The punctuation marks are various. Neither mark predominates.

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  • summary of On The Downs;
  • central theme;
  • idea of the verse;
  • history of its creation;
  • critical appreciation.

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