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

Green, in the wizard arms
Of the foam-bearded Atlantic,...

Elements of the verse: questions and answers

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  • Rhyme scheme: abcXadef edegffX fXaacghahgXcch eXccXgfcdeeX XcXXf aXXfcXXdcabX iiea
  • Stanza lengths (in strings): 8,7,14,12,5,12,4,
  • Closest metre: iambic tetrameter
  • Сlosest rhyme: alternate rhyme
  • Сlosest stanza type: sonnet
  • Guessed form: ballad stanza
  • Metre: 100101 00110010 1101010 010101 0101101 1111010 0011101 010101 111010 11111010 01001010 0101111 00101110 100111 1010 11010101 1011110 0101001010 011110101 01010111 10011 0101001 01101101 110101 011101 01110 110010101 01111 01101 101101 1100101 01010100010001 010101 01100101 11010010011101 1001010 111101010 01110 010001010 0100101 1010 11101001110 10101 1001101110111 1001010101010 10100010 100101101001010010 1011001100100100 10010100 010101 10101001110101 1101010 1010 1100101 111001110101 11100101 1100101 0010101 11110110011111 0100111 010101111101 1101
  • Amount of stanzas: 7
  • Average number of symbols per stanza: 298
  • Average number of words per stanza: 53
  • Amount of lines: 62
  • 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; her, of, keens, she, and, no, more are repeated.

    The poet used anaphora at the beginnings of some neighboring lines. The same words upon, the, o'er, and are repeated.

    The author used the same word and 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 dirges, more are repeated).

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

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