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

Sleep, little pigeon, and fold your wings,--
Little blue pigeon with velvet eyes;... full text

Elements of the verse: questions and answers

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  • Rhyme scheme: aaba cbbb aabX XcbcXaaba
  • Stanza lengths (in strings): 4,4,4,9,
  • Closest metre: trochaic pentameter
  • –°losest rhyme: limerick
  • –°losest stanza type: tercets
  • Guessed form: unknown form
  • Metre: 110101111 101100101 10010010110 1001101011 011101101 1001001001 00111011010 1011000101 010100111 101110101 1100100110110 1011011010 10011101 00111100101 111010010110 0100111111 1110101111 101100101 1111011110 100111101
  • Amount of stanzas: 5
  • Average number of symbols per stanza: 173
  • Average number of words per stanza: 29
  • Amount of lines: 20
  • Average number of symbols per line: 42 (strings are more long than medium ones)
  • 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; little is repeated.

    The literary device anadiplosis is detected in two or more neighboring lines. The words/phrases swinging, calling, sleeping connect the lines.

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