This is an analysis of the poem A Commonplace Song that begins with:

Ebbs and flows the restless river
In the city street... full text

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  • Rhyme scheme: ababcdcDefefgdgd bebeadaD chchadaD XeiejdjD ckckcdcd ghghXiai alalldlD giXimdmD
  • Stanza lengths (in strings): 16,8,8,8,8,8,8,8,
  • Closest metre: trochaic tetrameter
  • –°losest rhyme: alternate rhyme
  • –°losest stanza type: tercets
  • Guessed form: unknown form
  • Metre: 11101010 00101 10111010 10101 10101110 10101 11111010 00101 11101010 10111 11111010 00111 11101010 10101 100000110 10101 110111010 10101 11101010 11101 10101010 11101 01111010 00101 11101010 11111 11101010 00101 11101110 10101 10111010 00101 1011110 11111 11101010 10101 11111010 10101 10101010 00101 11101110 10001 100110110 10001 10101010 11101 10101010 01101 11101110 10101 10101010 10101 10101010 10001 10111010 10101 11111110 11101 11101010 10101 00101110 11011 11111010 00101 10111010 10001 10101010 00101 11100010 10101 11101110 00101
  • Amount of stanzas: 8
  • Average number of symbols per stanza: 251
  • Average number of words per stanza: 44
  • Amount of lines: 72
  • Average number of symbols per line: 27 (strings are less long than medium ones)
  • Average number of words per line: 5
  • Mood of the speaker:

    The punctuation marks are various. Neither mark predominates.

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

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

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

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