This is an analysis of the poem Veteran Sirens that begins with:

The ghost of Ninon would be sorry now
To laugh at them, were she to see them here, ... full text

Elements of the verse: questions and answers

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  • Rhyme scheme: abab cdcd ebeX bXbX fgfg
  • Stanza lengths (in strings): 4,4,4,4,4,
  • Closest metre: iambic pentameter
  • –°losest rhyme: alternate rhyme
  • –°losest stanza type: tercets
  • Guessed form: blank verse
  • Metre: 0101010101 0110010101 1111011101 0101010101 11001100101 1111011111 1101010100 0101010101 0101010100 0101010101 1111010100 1101000100 1111011111 0111011100 1111011101 0101000100 1101010011 1100111111 1101011111 1101011101
  • Amount of stanzas: 5
  • Average number of symbols per stanza: 164
  • Average number of words per stanza: 30
  • Amount of lines: 20
  • Average number of symbols per line: 40 (medium-length strings)
  • Average number of words per line: 8
  • Mood of the speaker:

    The punctuation marks are various. Neither mark predominates.

  • The author used lexical repetitions to emphasize a significant image; to, they, so, poor, and are repeated.

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

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