This is an analysis of the poem A Fisherman's Baby that begins with:

Oh hush, little baby, thy papa's at sea;
The big billows rock him as mamma rocks thee.... full text

Elements of the verse: questions and answers

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  • Rhyme scheme: aabbcb ddeeXe ddaaca aaffcf
  • Stanza lengths (in strings): 6,6,6,6,
  • Closest metre: iambic pentameter
  • –°losest rhyme: couplets
  • –°losest stanza type: tercets
  • Guessed form: heroic couplets
  • Metre: 11101011011 01101111011 1100011101001 11101011011 1101011010 1001011001 01101011101 11001101101 01011011001 101101111001 11101011010 1101111011 011110011001 11001101101 01101001111 11101001001 11101011010 1001101001 1101011110 011110011001 11011111011 11100111011 11101011010 1111111111
  • Amount of stanzas: 4
  • Average number of symbols per stanza: 281
  • Average number of words per stanza: 53
  • Amount of lines: 27
  • Average number of symbols per line: 41 (medium-length strings)
  • Average number of words per line: 8
  • Mood of the speaker:

    The punctuation marks are various. Neither mark predominates.

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