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

THE BLUE dusk ran between the streets: my love was winged within my mind,
It left to-day and yesterday and thrice a thousand years behind. ...

Elements of the verse: questions and answers

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  • Rhyme scheme: aabbccccccddaaaacc
  • Stanza lengths (in strings): 18,
  • Closest metre: iambic pentameter
  • –°losest rhyme: couplets
  • –°losest stanza type: sonnet
  • Guessed form: heroic couplets
  • Metre: 0111010111110111 0101110111010001 0111111110011111 1101000101010101 1101110101011101 0011111111010101 010010110101010101 010011000010010101 110111010100101010 01010101010101010 0101110101010111 01010101110100011 111011011011101 01010101111101001 1101010101010011 01000111110100111 1111010111011101 1110011101000101
  • Amount of stanzas: 1
  • Average number of symbols per stanza: 1220
  • Average number of words per stanza: 227
  • Amount of lines: 18
  • Average number of symbols per line: 67 (very long strings)
  • Average number of words per line: 13
  • Mood of the speaker:

    The punctuation marks are various. Neither mark predominates.

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

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

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

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