This is an analysis of the poem The Shepherds Calendar - December that begins with:

While snow the window-panes bedim,
The fire curls up a sunny charm,... full text

Elements of the verse: questions and answers

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  • Rhyme scheme: Xaaabcbc bdbXebeb Xbcbdfdf
  • Stanza lengths (in strings): 8,8,8,
  • Closest metre: iambic tetrameter
  • –°losest rhyme: shakespearean sonnet
  • –°losest stanza type: tercets
  • Guessed form: unknown form
  • Metre: 11010110 010110101 110100101 010010101 11011101 11010001 11011101 110101011 110101010 11010101 1000101010 01010100 10010101 101011101 01010101 11010001 11011101 01010101 11011101 01010101 01010101 10010101 11110101 110010111
  • Amount of stanzas: 3
  • Average number of symbols per stanza: 290
  • Average number of words per stanza: 51
  • Amount of lines: 24
  • Average number of symbols per line: 35 (medium-length strings)
  • 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; as is repeated.

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