This is an analysis of the poem Roundelay that begins with:

Whether sun or moon is out,
While the wind of May is blowing,...

Elements of the verse: questions and answers

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  • Rhyme scheme: aXXabbaA cddcXcXA effeccaA
  • Stanza lengths (in strings): 8,8,8,
  • Closest metre: trochaic tetrameter
  • Сlosest rhyme: enclosed rhyme
  • Сlosest stanza type: tercets
  • Guessed form: unknown form
  • Metre: 1011101 10101010 10101110 1110111 1111111 10010101 1111111 1011111 1110101 10101010 10001010 1010111 1110100 1011101 1111100 1011111 1010111 111001110 11111010 0111101 1111101 1101111 1110001 1011111
  • Amount of stanzas: 3
  • Average number of symbols per stanza: 258
  • Average number of words per stanza: 49
  • Amount of lines: 24
  • Average number of symbols per line: 31 (strings are less long than medium ones)
  • 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, round are repeated.

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

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

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  • summary of Roundelay;
  • central theme;
  • idea of the verse;
  • history of its creation;
  • critical appreciation.

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