This is an analysis of the poem A Lullaby that begins with:

The stars are twinkling in the skies,
The earth is lost in slumbers deep;... full text

Elements of the verse: questions and answers

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  • Rhyme scheme: ababcdcceX fgfghdhheX bibigiggiX
  • Stanza lengths (in strings): 10,10,10,
  • Closest metre: iambic tetrameter
  • Сlosest rhyme: rima
  • Сlosest stanza type: sonnet
  • Guessed form: unknown form
  • Metre: 011100001 01010101 11111111 11111101 01110101 11010101 01011101 01110101 11001101 11001100 01010001 01011101 01011101 110100101 11010101 10010111 11110101 01011111 11111101 01001100 10010101 11110101 11010111 01010111 11111101 11010111 01110111 11010101 01011101 11001100
  • Amount of stanzas: 3
  • Average number of symbols per stanza: 321
  • Average number of words per stanza: 63
  • Amount of lines: 30
  • Average number of symbols per line: 31 (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; to is repeated.

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

    The author used the same word the at the beginnings of some neighboring stanzas. The figure of speech is a kind of anaphora.

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

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  • summary of A Lullaby;
  • central theme;
  • idea of the verse;
  • history of its creation;
  • critical appreciation.

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