This is an analysis of the poem The Grave By The Lake that begins with:

Where the Great Lake's sunny smiles
Dimple round its hundred isles,... full text

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  • Rhyme scheme: aabbaa ccddee dXffgg aahicc ddjjjj ddhhkk hhllkk ggllXm nnaaee ddaahi nnhXdd ddaaaa hhjjkk mmggaa mXhill eemmoX ddmmmm mmaamX kkmmhi nneejj pXaacc aaddjj Xqllrr ddkkmX ggmmmm ccccoo hshshidd XmqmjjhX atXtmmjX XklkeeaX anankkdd jkjkaagX qnqnhicc adadaal
  • Stanza lengths (in strings): 6,6,6,6,6,6,6,6,6,6,6,6,6,6,6,6,6,6,6,6,6,6,6,6,6,6,8,8,8,8,8,8,8,8,8,8,8,8,4,4,8,8,8,8,8,8,
  • Closest metre: iambic tetrameter
  • –°losest rhyme: couplets
  • –°losest stanza type: tercets
  • Guessed form: unknown form
  • Metre: 1011101 1010101 1010101 1010101 1010111 1010101 1010111 1110101 1010101 11100101 1010101 10000101 1011101 1010101 1010101 1111101 10111001 1110101 1110101 10101101 1110101 1010100 11011101 1011101 1010101 1010100 1011111 1111111 1011111 0011100 1110101 0010101 11111001 1010101 1011101 1011100 1010111 1110111 1011101 1010101 1010101 1110101 1110101 1011001 1100111 1010111 1001101 1010011 10010101 1010111 1100100 11100100 1111101 1111101 11001110 1111101 1010101 1010111 1111111 00100100 1111101 1111101 1011101 111110 1111111 1110101 1010101 1110111 1010101 10101001 1001100 1010100 10100101 1010111 1111011 1110101 1111101 1011101 11101001 10011101 1011101 1110101 00010111 1010111 1111101 1010100 1011111 1010100 1010111 1010101 1111111 1010111 1110111 0111100 1111111 11101100 1010101 1111111 1010101 1010111 1011101 1011101 1010101 1011111 1010111 0010001 10010001 011100 1011101 1010101 1010101 0011001 1111101 1010100 1011101 1011001 1011100 1110101 1011101 1110011 1110101 1010101 1010101 1111111 1101101 1100101 1101111 1110111 10010111 1010101 1110100 1011101 1010101 1010101 10011101 1000101 10100010 101001010 11111010 10111010 1110111 1010011 1010111 1011111 1111101 1010111 1010101 1011101 1011101 10100101 1110101 1110111 10100101 11101101 1011101 1010011 11110001 01010101 011101101 00010101 10010100 010100100 01100010101 110111010101 11011111 11110101 11010101 01010000 01110000 010010111 1100110011 010100110110 11111101 11110101 11010110 01010101 11010101 11111101 0101011101 1111110111001 110101110 01111111 11110111 11010111 11110101 01010101 00110010111 01000101101010 010011111 11001101 11110101 11010111 01100101 11111101 0101010101 110101010101 10111011 11110101 11010101 01011001 01010101 11010101 1101101101 0101011010101 01110101 11011111 10010111 01111101 010010110 01010100 0101110101 101111010101 10010111 001010001 11001101 10010111 11000101 01010001 1001010101 100101110101 11010111 111101010 10110111 110101010 11011101 11011101 110010000101 111101010001 10010111 01010101 11010101 11010101 11101101 11011101 1110111110 0101010101000 01011111 01011111 010101001 11011001 11010111 01110101 1011010111 1001001101111 11110101 11010101 110000111 011011101 01011100 11010111 1111110111 0111011111110 01010001 110011101 11111101 0111 111111001 011101001 11010101 0101 11101101 01010101 110101011 0111 11111101 110001001 11011101 0101 11010101 11011101 11111111 1101 01011111 11010101 01110101 0111 11110101 01011101 11111101 1111 11110101 01001111 11010111 1101 10110111 01111101 11110101 1101 01010101 11110111 01011101 0101 01100101 11000101 01100101 1111 10010101 01111101 11011001 1101 01100101 01011111 11010101 01000101 100101010 01010111 1001010111 110101010101
  • Amount of stanzas: 49
  • Average number of symbols per stanza: 211
  • Average number of words per stanza: 39
  • Amount of lines: 313
  • Average number of symbols per line: 32 (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; over, and, of, where, to, its, for are repeated.

    The poet used anaphora at the beginnings of some neighboring lines. The same words all, over, what, vain, and, where, , the, for, of are repeated.

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

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

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

    The literary device anadiplosis is detected in two or more neighboring lines. The words/phrases prayer, connect the lines.

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

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