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

In the outskirts of the village
On the river's winding shores ... full text

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  • Rhyme scheme: XAaX bbXb cded fgeg hcac ifbf aXjX abeb biai Xbbb caka eaaa jkek Xaaa gcaX ikfk ahbh XafX jlal illl hfaf mdbd hkek kaXa gbeX fbjb hdfd bbXb gfmf Xnen Xfaf ghkh jhjh jAaX
  • Stanza lengths (in strings): 4,4,4,4,4,4,4,4,4,4,4,4,4,4,4,4,4,4,4,4,4,4,4,4,4,4,4,4,4,4,4,4,4,4,
  • Closest metre: trochaic tetrameter
  • –°losest rhyme: alternate rhyme
  • –°losest stanza type: tercets
  • Guessed form: unknown form
  • Metre: 00110010 1010101 10101011 10101000 111001010 1010111 10101010 1100101 10101010 1010111 10111010 1010101 10111110 1010101 01111010 1111101 10101011 0010101 10101010 0010101 11101110 1111111 00111010 1010101 10101010 0001111 10101010 0010101 10111010 1011111 101001010 1010101 10101110 0110101 10101010 1110001 101010010 1101101 00101010 1010101 10111011 1010101 00111010 1010011 10101010 1010101 10101010 1010101 10101010 1010101 11101010 1010101 001001110 1110101 00111010 1001111 100011010 1110111 1001111010 10101010 10101110 1010101 10001110 110101 10101010 1010101 10101110 1111101 101000010 1010101 01111111 11101000 10100010 1011101 10101010 1010101 11111010 1010101 10101010 1110111 10111010 1011101 10111110 100100101 11101111 1010111 10101010 1110111 11110010 1011101 10101110 1010101 10101011 0010101 10101010 1110101 11101110 10001001 101111010 00101010 10100001 1010101 11111110 1010101 10101111 1110111 11101010 0010111 10101010 10101001 10101010 1010101 10101110 10101101 10101011 1010101 10101100 1110101 11101110 1111101 10101010 101011101 10111010 1010101 10001110 1010101 10101010 1110001 101001110 1110101 00101010 1010101 11111110 1010101 10101011 11101000
  • Amount of stanzas: 34
  • Average number of symbols per stanza: 134
  • Average number of words per stanza: 23
  • Amount of lines: 136
  • Average number of symbols per line: 33 (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; his, and, of are repeated.

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

    The author used the same words when, still at the beginnings of some neighboring stanzas. The figure of speech is a kind of anaphora.

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