This is an analysis of the poem So, So, Rock-A-By So! that begins with:

So, so, rock-a-by so!
Off to the garden where dreamikins grow;... full text

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  • Rhyme scheme: AabcbbCaA aabcbbCaAXaabcbbCaA
  • Stanza lengths (in strings): 9,19,
  • Closest metre: iambic tetrameter
  • Сlosest rhyme: limerick
  • Сlosest stanza type: sonnet
  • Guessed form: unknown form
  • Metre: 111011 1001011001 11001111001 11001111001 11001101011 001001011001 111 11111001011 111011 11101011111 111011101001 11101111001 11101111001 11001101111 101011011011 111 01111111011 111011 111111011 1011011011 11001111001 11001111001 11001101111 101101011011 111 01001011001 111011
  • Amount of stanzas: 3
  • Average number of symbols per stanza: 351
  • Average number of words per stanza: 71
  • Amount of lines: 27
  • Average number of symbols per line: 38 (medium-length strings)
  • Average number of words per line: 8
  • Mood of the speaker:

    The punctuation marks are various. Neither mark predominates.

  • The author used lexical repetitions to emphasize a significant image; so, you, by, and, here, her, kiss, on are repeated.

    The poet used anaphora at the beginnings of some neighboring lines. The same words and, i are repeated.

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

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