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

When the lily nods in slumber,
And the roses all are sleeping;... full text

Elements of the verse: questions and answers

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  • Rhyme scheme: abXbXacaXXcXDdeeffeF X dfdfdedefXfDdeeffeF X adaXgbgbhahaDdeeffeF
  • Stanza lengths (in strings): 20,1,19,1,20,
  • Closest metre: trochaic tetrameter
  • –°losest rhyme: rima
  • –°losest stanza type: sonnet
  • Guessed form: unknown form
  • Metre: 10101010 10101110 10111110 10111110 10010100 10101010 10101110 00101010 10101100 10101010 11101010 10111010 11101010 11101010 0010101 1011101 1011101 10101001 1010111 1011101 1 10110010 10101010 11100010 10011110 101010110 10101110 10111110 10111010 10100110 10110110 00111010 11101010 10101010 00100101 1010111 0010101 1011101 1010111 1011101 1 10101010 10101110 11101110 1011111 10101110 10101010 10100010 1010110 101010110 10111010 10011110 01101110 11101010 10101010 001101 10110111 1010101 0010011 1010111 1011101
  • Amount of stanzas: 5
  • Average number of symbols per stanza: 385
  • Average number of words per stanza: 68
  • Amount of lines: 61
  • Average number of symbols per line: 31 (strings are less long than medium ones)
  • 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; and, with are repeated.

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