This is an analysis of the poem The Sea Diver that begins with:

My way is on the bright blue sea,
My sleep upon its rocking tide;... full text

Elements of the verse: questions and answers

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  • Rhyme scheme: abab cdcd XeXe fgXg hihi fjfj dfdf babX
  • Stanza lengths (in strings): 4,4,4,4,4,4,4,4,
  • Closest metre: iambic tetrameter
  • Сlosest rhyme: alternate rhyme
  • Сlosest stanza type: tercets
  • Guessed form: ballad stanza
  • Metre: 11010111 11010101 110111101 11010111 11010101 11010101 11010101 11110101 110010101 01100101 11110111 101010011 11010101 11010101 101111100 010010110 11011111 11010101 11110101 11011111 11011101 01111101 11010101 11110101 11010101 01010101 10010101 01010111 10011111 01011101 11110101 01111100
  • Amount of stanzas: 8
  • Average number of symbols per stanza: 141
  • Average number of words per stanza: 27
  • Amount of lines: 32
  • Average number of symbols per line: 34 (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; and is repeated.

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

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

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