This is an analysis of the poem Nightfall In Dordrecht that begins with:

The mill goes toiling slowly around
With steady and solemn creak,... full text

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  • Rhyme scheme: ababcdcD efefgdgd ahahXdedXcbcbcdcD
  • Stanza lengths (in strings): 8,8,17,
  • Closest metre: iambic tetrameter
  • Сlosest rhyme: shakespearean sonnet
  • Сlosest stanza type: sonnet
  • Guessed form: unknown form
  • Metre: 011101001 0101101 11101100101 0100111 11111111 101111 1101110111 110101 0111010111 1100101 010010101 100101 1110111001 00111001 111111011 0110101 1110101 100101 01011011111 101111 111111001 110101 110100101 1110101 011101001 1100111 1011010101 1110111 10110101 01100111 1101101101 110101
  • Amount of stanzas: 4
  • Average number of symbols per stanza: 279
  • Average number of words per stanza: 52
  • Amount of lines: 32
  • Average number of symbols per line: 34 (medium-length strings)
  • 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; and is repeated.

    The poet used anaphora at the beginnings of some neighboring lines. The same word and 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 sleep at the end of some neighboring stanzas. The poetic device is a kind of epiphora.

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