This is an analysis of the poem Song Of Long Ago that begins with:

LONG ago, long ago,
When the hawthorn buds were pearly ... full text

Elements of the verse: questions and answers

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  • Rhyme scheme: abbaccaaadA aeeaddaffdA
  • Stanza lengths (in strings): 11,11,
  • Closest metre: trochaic tetrameter
  • –°losest rhyme: enclosed rhyme
  • –°losest stanza type: sonnet
  • Guessed form: unknown form
  • Metre: 101101 10111010 10111110 1011101 1110001 1110101 1010111 1010111 1011111 10111111 101 101101 10111010 10111110 1010101 0010111 1110111 1011011 1111101 10010000 10111111 101
  • Amount of stanzas: 2
  • Average number of symbols per stanza: 332
  • Average number of words per stanza: 60
  • Amount of lines: 22
  • Average number of symbols per line: 29 (strings are less long than medium ones)
  • Average number of words per line: 5
  • Mood of the speaker:

    The punctuation marks are various. Neither mark predominates.

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

    The poet used anaphora at the beginnings of some neighboring lines. The same words long, and are repeated.

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

    There is a poetic device epiphora at the end of some neighboring lines ago is repeated).

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

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