This is an analysis of the poem Song - Say, Lovely Dream that begins with:

Say, lovely dream, where couldst thou find
Shadows to counterfeit that face?... full text

Elements of the verse: questions and answers

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  • Rhyme scheme: abab XcXc adad bebe fgfg hihi ajaj
  • Stanza lengths (in strings): 4,4,4,4,4,4,4,
  • Closest metre: iambic tetrameter
  • –°losest rhyme: alternate rhyme
  • –°losest stanza type: tercets
  • Guessed form: ballad stanza
  • Metre: 11011111 11010111 10001001 11010101 010011111 0110101 1010111 1111011 11010011 0010101 1010001 10111101 11011011 11100101 1011011 11000111 11110101 0010101 1110101 0110101 10110101 0111101 1000101 01010111 01010111 101111 1110001 110100101
  • Amount of stanzas: 7
  • Average number of symbols per stanza: 130
  • Average number of words per stanza: 23
  • Amount of lines: 28
  • Average number of symbols per line: 32 (medium-length strings)
  • Average number of words per line: 6
  • Mood of the speaker:

    The punctuation marks are various. Neither mark predominates.

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