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

The sea is lonely, the sea is dreary,
The sea is restless and uneasy;... full text

Elements of the verse: questions and answers

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  • Rhyme scheme: aaababcddcefefgdgXX hXhchadhfdaddXXijjiXfXDda fhfhffafadkdkfXLflafcjjcXfXfHlhfLfHfXddX mnmnHccccHccooooofaddXXfXDdX
  • Stanza lengths (in strings): 19,25,40,28,
  • Closest metre: iambic tetrameter
  • –°losest rhyme: shakespearean sonnet
  • –°losest stanza type: sonnet
  • Guessed form: unknown form
  • Metre: 0101001010 010101010 110101110 100110110 110101110 11111110 10010101 1101 0111110101 001101010 1010111 1011001 10110101 1010001 0101110 101 10110 00111000 10000 1101110 001001100 10001010 11111010 111101101 1001100 11110111 10011101 110100101 11010101 11110100 111100101 111101 1011111000 10000 1101100101 10011111 1010001 1001011001 1000 111101 100100 1010111 1010111 1010100 00110100 10010111 0010101 1010111 11110001 10010001 0101110 10011101 1001110 00110101 10010001 01011111 011101 01011111 1001100 11011111 1100111 0101001001 100100 1010111 11111101 11011101 11010101 11010101 10110001 11010101 10110100 001010101 1111 010111011 11011111 10011 11011111 00011001 1111 111101 100100 1010111 1010101 1010100 11010101 01110101 01110101 000101 10110 10010101 010101 110011101 10010101 10110 11010101 1011101 1101011101 11010101 111011101001 101001001 01011101 111011100 01010100 10111101 001100101 00111000 1000 111101 100100 1010111 1010001 1011111
  • Amount of stanzas: 4
  • Average number of symbols per stanza: 924
  • Average number of words per stanza: 160
  • Amount of lines: 112
  • Average number of symbols per line: 32 (medium-length strings)
  • Average number of words per line: 6
  • Mood of the speaker:

    There are many exclamation marks in the poem. The speaker is excited. He or she has strong feelings on the subject that is described in the poem.

  • The author used lexical repetitions to emphasize a significant image; sea, thou, come, and, to, look, down are repeated.

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

    There is a poetic device epiphora at the end of some neighboring lines forevermore is repeated).

    The literary device anadiplosis is detected in two or more neighboring lines. The word/phrase forevermore connects the lines.

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

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