This is an analysis of the poem Singing Children that begins with:

IN the streets of Bethlehem sang the children
So merry and so shrill,... full text

Elements of the verse: questions and answers

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  • Rhyme scheme: ababcXcX adedfXfa agbghXhi aeXeiiiX
  • Stanza lengths (in strings): 8,8,8,8,
  • Closest metre: trochaic pentameter
  • Сlosest rhyme: alternate rhyme
  • Сlosest stanza type: tercets
  • Guessed form: unknown form
  • Metre: 00101011010 110111 1111100010 1011101 11101101010 011010101 10101111110 10101 00101001010 110111 111100100010 1110001 01011001110 11110101110 11010100010 110101 00100100010 110011 1110100010 110011 11111100110 0111101010 101100101010 1101011 00101011010 1111111101 1111100011 11101110 11011111110 1101110001 11010101010 1011001
  • Amount of stanzas: 4
  • Average number of symbols per stanza: 310
  • Average number of words per stanza: 61
  • Amount of lines: 32
  • Average number of symbols per line: 38 (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; and, his are repeated.

    The poet used anaphora at the beginnings of some neighboring lines. The same word and is repeated.

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

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  • summary of Singing Children;
  • central theme;
  • idea of the verse;
  • history of its creation;
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