This is an analysis of the poem Ballad Of Dead Friends that begins with:

As we the withered ferns
By the roadway lying, ... full text

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  • Rhyme scheme: ababbcXC ababbcbC ababXcbC X XcbC
  • Stanza lengths (in strings): 8,8,8,1,4,
  • Closest metre: iambic trimeter
  • Сlosest rhyme: rondeau rhyme
  • Сlosest stanza type: tercets
  • Guessed form: unknown form
  • Metre: 110101 101110 10101 111110 111110 10111 11111 111111 110011 111010 11101 111010 101110 11101 111110 111111 10101 101110 10111 101110 111010 011101 1101010 111111 10 1111110 011101 101110 111111
  • Amount of stanzas: 5
  • Average number of symbols per stanza: 151
  • Average number of words per stanza: 27
  • Amount of lines: 29
  • Average number of symbols per line: 25 (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; and, that are repeated.

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

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

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