This is an analysis of the poem Lake Eliza that begins with:

THE SAND was heavy on our feet,
A Christmas sky was o’er us,... full text

Elements of the verse: questions and answers

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  • Rhyme scheme: ababcdce bbbfgdge XfXffdXe gXddgdge
  • Stanza lengths (in strings): 8,8,8,8,
  • Closest metre: iambic tetrameter
  • Сlosest rhyme: alternate rhyme
  • Сlosest stanza type: tercets
  • Guessed form: ballad stanza
  • Metre: 01110111 0101111 11011111 1101011 11011101 1101010 11110101 0111010 11011101 0101011 11011101 1101010 11110001 1001010 11011101 1101010 010110001 0101010 01010101 0101010 11010101 1101010 11111100 1111010 11011101 0101010 010111010 1110110 11110100 1101010 11111111 0101010
  • Amount of stanzas: 4
  • Average number of symbols per stanza: 242
  • Average number of words per stanza: 50
  • Amount of lines: 32
  • Average number of symbols per line: 29 (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; we is repeated.

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

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

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  • summary of Lake Eliza;
  • central theme;
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  • history of its creation;
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