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

The sky is dark and the hills are white
As the storm-king speeds from the north to-night,... full text

Elements of the verse: questions and answers

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  • Rhyme scheme: aabbXbX ccddeXXXaaaaeae
  • Stanza lengths (in strings): 7,15,
  • Closest metre: iambic tetrameter
  • Сlosest rhyme: couplets
  • Сlosest stanza type: sonnet
  • Guessed form: unknown form
  • Metre: 010110111 1011100101 100010111 110010111 10110110 110011101 1010110 11010101 110100101 0111001001 110011101 1011011 11111111 110110 011100101 011100101 101011111 10011101 111011 10111011 11011
  • Amount of stanzas: 3
  • Average number of symbols per stanza: 265
  • Average number of words per stanza: 48
  • Amount of lines: 21
  • Average number of symbols per line: 37 (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; sleep is repeated.

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

    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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