This is an analysis of the poem The River-Merchant's Wife that begins with:

While my hair was still cut straight across my forehead
I played about the front gate, pulling flowers....

Elements of the verse: questions and answers

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  • Rhyme scheme: abcbXdeffX Xbgh abca hbXahdgXaeX
  • Stanza lengths (in strings): 10,4,4,11,
  • Closest metre: trochaic pentameter
  • –°losest rhyme: alternate rhyme
  • –°losest stanza type: sonnet
  • Guessed form: unknown form
  • Metre: 111111101110 11010111010 1111011101 11011110011 1111100010010 111001011010 111110111 11011010 1001111101 10010111011 1011110 101011001001 01010101010 1111011 1011010 11001101101001010 1110111 01011001101 11111111 10110101010010 1101001 0111001001 01101101010010 100100110 1111110 011101101000101 1111011 11011011 111111
  • Amount of stanzas: 4
  • Average number of symbols per stanza: 298
  • Average number of words per stanza: 56
  • Amount of lines: 29
  • Average number of symbols per line: 40 (medium-length strings)
  • Average number of words per line: 8
  • Mood of the speaker:

    The punctuation marks are various. Neither mark predominates.

  • The author used lexical repetitions to emphasize a significant image; my, i, forever, you are repeated.

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

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

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