This is an analysis of the poem Now I Lay Me that begins with:

When I pass from earth away,
Palsied though I be and gray,... full text

Elements of the verse: questions and answers

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  • Rhyme scheme: aabbaa X cc X dd X ee X aaeeff
  • Stanza lengths (in strings): 6,1,2,1,2,1,2,1,6,
  • Closest metre: iambic tetrameter
  • Сlosest rhyme: rondeau rhyme
  • Сlosest stanza type: tercets
  • Guessed form: unknown form
  • Metre: 1110101 1011011 1110111 11101001 1111101 1111101 1111101 1000101 1010101 11011101 0110111 0010001 111101110 1000101 1010001 110111010 0010111 1000100 1010111 1101101 1110101 1111101
  • Amount of stanzas: 9
  • Average number of symbols per stanza: 73
  • Average number of words per stanza: 15
  • Amount of lines: 22
  • Average number of symbols per line: 29 (strings are less long than medium ones)
  • Average number of words per line: 6
  • Mood of the speaker:

    The punctuation marks are various. Neither mark predominates.

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

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