This is an analysis of the poem New Year's Eve that begins with:

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The other night I had a dream, most clear ... full text

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  • Rhyme scheme: a bcbbcddeec X cdcdfghgfhbfbificiciccajajkk hhhhhhhccbbX adahhcchjjhhhcgaaggcgcchccddXhld hhbhbhbhhX bcbachhhXkggkhcXhh X hmllhmknnnk
  • Stanza lengths (in strings): 1,10,1,28,12,32,10,18,1,11,
  • Closest metre: iambic tetrameter
  • –°losest rhyme: alternate rhyme
  • –°losest stanza type: sonnet
  • Guessed form: ballad stanza
  • Metre: 1 0101110111 110001 010010101 1101001101 111001 11010101 1001111101 1111001101 110111 1011110111 1 011100110001 11111101 1101011101 1101011111 1111111101 1101 110001 100111 1101110101 0101010111 1101000001 1100010101 110101 110101100 101001 10010101 11110101 01010001 1001011101 11110001 0100010111 10110101 1100011111 001101110001 1011111101 01111101 0111011111 01111110111 1001110111 0101111101 010101 1001111011 10110111111 10111110111 101011100 101110101 10111011111 101110111 101110101 1011101011100 0101000101 110101 1100101 1101111101 1101110101 1011 1101001 01010101 1111101111 11111110 1101011101 11000111 11001110011 1100111 1111010101 111100111 11010100 010101 110100011 010100101 1101110101 1101010001 010100111 1010011 101100101 100111001 100111010101 1101010111 10101010 1111 1111010 110111 1101010101 0111111101 10001101101 101110111 1011111 10101101101 10101010111 10111101101 100110101 100110111010 1111110101 1101111101 1111001101 11100101 0101010101 101111111 10100001110111 10101011101 101011110010 1100011111 0110111101 00110001 11011101 01110111 110101 1010011101110000 1101110100 1111011111 1 1101110111 1100110111 01010111010 10010101010 0101010111 1111010111 0101101101 0101011111 010001111111 01110101 1111111111
  • Amount of stanzas: 11
  • Average number of symbols per stanza: 443
  • Average number of words per stanza: 80
  • Amount of lines: 127
  • Average number of symbols per line: 38 (medium-length strings)
  • Average number of words per line: 7
  • Mood of the speaker:

    The punctuation marks are various. Neither mark predominates.

  • The author used lexical repetitions to emphasize a significant image; you, and, me, what, to, she, my are repeated.

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

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

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