This is an analysis of the poem An Old Song Re-Sung that begins with:

As I went down through Dublin city
At the hour of twelve of the night,...

Elements of the verse: questions and answers

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  • Rhyme scheme: abaBccdEd XfgfgghEh giXibbXXb abaBXdhgh
  • Stanza lengths (in strings): 9,9,9,9,
  • Closest metre: iambic tetrameter
  • Сlosest rhyme: alternate rhyme
  • Сlosest stanza type: tercets
  • Guessed form: ballad stanza
  • Metre: 111111010 101001001 1011101010 10011101 1110 1110 110100101 011111001 01110101 110111010 111110111 011110100 111110111 1010 0010 10111001 011111001 01111111 111101110 110100101 111100110 111010101 1101 11111 110111110 11110101 111100101 111101010 011111001 0101011010 10011101 11010 1110 110100101 11011100 11010111
  • Amount of stanzas: 4
  • Average number of symbols per stanza: 289
  • Average number of words per stanza: 60
  • Amount of lines: 36
  • Average number of symbols per line: 31 (strings are less long than medium ones)
  • 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; i is repeated.

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

    The author used the same word but 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 them is repeated).

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  • summary of An Old Song Re-Sung;
  • central theme;
  • idea of the verse;
  • history of its creation;
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