This is an analysis of the poem The Witch's Daughter that begins with:

It was the pleasant harvest time,
When cellar-bins are closely stowed,... full text

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  • Rhyme scheme: abb ccc dee ccc fgg chh eee gCC Xcc bii jcc dgg gbb gbb kfk lbb lii bbb bmm ccc bmn mbb icc ell gmn ogg fee lff faa aff iXf lmm bpp ecc laa cee fcc bbb cgg bll bcc emm maX gXX ebb hgX agg ahh fhh gll iii egg jll jmm Xmm cqq aoo lgg biX iaa lbb amm imm bbX
  • Stanza lengths (in strings): 3,3,3,3,3,3,3,3,3,3,3,3,3,3,3,3,3,3,3,3,3,3,3,3,3,3,3,3,3,3,3,3,3,3,3,3,3,3,3,3,3,3,3,3,3,3,3,3,3,3,3,3,3,3,3,3,3,3,3,3,3,3,3,3,3,3,3,3,3,3,3,3,3,3,
  • Closest metre: iambic tetrameter
  • –°losest rhyme: rondeau rhyme
  • –°losest stanza type: tercets
  • Guessed form: unknown form
  • Metre: 01010101 11011101 11010111 10110101 11011101 11010111 11110001 01100101 10111101 11010101 010011101 01110011 11010101 01011101 101101001 11011111 01011111 11110101 11110111 11010101 11110011 11000101 01011001 11010111 110111100 11100101 01011101 11111111 01110001 11100111 11111101 01011101 11010111 11110101 01100101 010001001 11011101 01110101 11010111 11010101 11110101 110111001 010100100 11010101 01110100 11010111 11010101 01011101 11010101 11011111 010100101 11011101 11111101 010110101 01011111 110010101 01010101 11010101 11010101 111100001 110001001 11110101 10010100 11101111 11110101 11010111 11110011 01110101 01010101 01110111 10101111 11010001 11110101 11010111 10010100 11000101 10010011 11000101 01110101 01000101 01010100 01110111 11110101 01010101 11101001001 11010011 01010101 11011111 11010111 10010101 11010101 0111010110 10111111 11110111 01110101 11111101 11010111 11010101 11010111 10011101 01111111 01010101 11011101 11010101 11000101 11010101 110101001 11010001 11010101 01110101 01100101 10011101 11010111 101010101 11110101 11001101 11010101 110101101 11010111 11101011 10010101 11110100 10110110 11010101 11010101 11111111 11110101 11111101 110011101 01010101 010101001 01010111 11011001 11110101 11010101 11010101 110011101 11101101 11000101 11010101 10010101 01010101 11011111 01111101 11011101 11010101 11011101 11010101 01010111 01110001 11111101 01010101 01100111 11010101 01010101 11111111 11110111 01010101 11110001 11010101 10011101 01010101 11011001 10010101 010100111 11100101 11110101 11010111 11111101 01011111 01010101 11110111 01010101 01110001 11110111 11011111 11111101 01110111 110011101 01110101 11110111 01010111 01010101 11010101 11001110 11111111 11110101 10111101 10010101 11011101 01111111 01010101 01010101 11000101 11010101 11010111 11111101 11110011 11010101 01010101 11010101 11110101 11000101 01011101 11110111 01011110 11000100 100111101 11110100 11110111 11010101 11010101 11010111 11011101 10111101 11011101 11000101 01011001 11010111 11010101 11010101 10110101
  • Amount of stanzas: 74
  • Average number of symbols per stanza: 106
  • Average number of words per stanza: 20
  • Amount of lines: 222
  • Average number of symbols per line: 35 (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, of, her, not, to, me, his are repeated.

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

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

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