This is an analysis of the poem Ballad Of Low-Lie-Down that begins with:

John-a-Dreams and Harum-Scarum
Came a-riding into town:... full text

Elements of the verse: questions and answers

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  • Rhyme scheme: XaXa baba cacX baba babX XaXa dada baba eaeX fXfa
  • Stanza lengths (in strings): 4,4,4,4,4,4,4,4,4,4,
  • Closest metre: trochaic tetrameter
  • –°losest rhyme: rondeau rhyme
  • –°losest stanza type: tercets
  • Guessed form: unknown form
  • Metre: 10111010 1010001 101101110 1110111 101010010 1011101 10101110 0011111 10101010 1000101 10111010 1011111 101011110 1010101 10111010 1111111 10111010 1111001 11111010 1111111 10111010 0011101 101101110 1010111 10101010 0010101 10101110 1111111 101111010 1010111 11111010 1111111 11111010 1111111 11111110 1011111 10101110 1111111 11111110 1011111
  • Amount of stanzas: 10
  • Average number of symbols per stanza: 133
  • Average number of words per stanza: 26
  • Amount of lines: 40
  • Average number of symbols per line: 33 (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, her, my are repeated.

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

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

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