This is an analysis of the poem Swing High And Swing Low that begins with:

Swing high and swing low
While the breezes they blow -... full text

Elements of the verse: questions and answers

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  • Rhyme scheme: AAabbAX AAaccAX XaabbAAX
  • Stanza lengths (in strings): 7,7,8,
  • Closest metre: trochaic tetrameter
  • Сlosest rhyme: rondeau rhyme
  • Сlosest stanza type: tercets
  • Guessed form: unknown form
  • Metre: 11111 101011 01101011011 101001001001 111011011101 101111 1010110 11111 101011 01101011011 101101111011 11111011001 101111 1010110 1011111 01101 101010001101 101011011001 11011001101 101111 101011 1111010110110
  • Amount of stanzas: 3
  • Average number of symbols per stanza: 272
  • Average number of words per stanza: 53
  • Amount of lines: 22
  • Average number of symbols per line: 36 (medium-length strings)
  • Average number of words per line: 7
  • Mood of the speaker:

    There are many exclamation marks in the poem. The speaker is excited. He or she has strong feelings on the subject that is described in the poem.

  • The author used lexical repetitions to emphasize a significant image; swing, and, of are repeated.

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

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

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

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