This is an analysis of the poem Floods that begins with:

In the dark night, from sweet refreshing sleep
I wake to hear outside my window-pane... full text

Elements of the verse: questions and answers

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  • Rhyme scheme: a b b a a b b X a c d X d c d c e c c e e c c e f e f f eXe
  • Stanza lengths (in strings): 1,1,1,1,1,1,1,1,1,1,1,1,1,1,1,1,1,1,1,1,1,1,1,1,1,1,1,1,3,
  • Closest metre: iambic pentameter
  • Сlosest rhyme: rondeau rhyme
  • Сlosest stanza type: tercets
  • Guessed form: blank verse
  • Metre: 0011010101 1101111101 010010001011 1111000101 1101110111 1101110001 1101110101 0111110 101 1101111111 11001010111 0011010 001 1111011101 1011111111 0101010111 1001110111 0111011101 1101010101 0100110101 1111010001 1110110101 1101110001 1101101101 1111010101 0101010001 0101001101 0101110001 0101010011 1111111101
  • Amount of stanzas: 30
  • Average number of symbols per stanza: 38
  • Average number of words per stanza: 7
  • Amount of lines: 30
  • Average number of symbols per line: 38 (medium-length strings)
  • Average number of words per line: 7
  • Mood of the speaker:

    The punctuation marks are various. Neither mark predominates.

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

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

    The author used the same words and, i at the beginnings of some neighboring stanzas. The figure of speech is a kind of anaphora.

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  • summary of Floods;
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