This is an analysis of the poem Speakin' O' Christmas that begins with:

BREEZES blowin' middlin' brisk,
Snow-flakes thro' the air a-whisk,...

Elements of the verse: questions and answers

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  • Rhyme scheme: aabbccddXbeeffgGeeh hffXXggXbbbdXhhcciijjcXbbeehhggggffbXkkhhddgG
  • Stanza lengths (in strings): 19,45,
  • Closest metre: trochaic tetrameter
  • –°losest rhyme: couplets
  • –°losest stanza type: sonnet
  • Guessed form: unknown form
  • Metre: 1010101 1110101 1011111 1010111 1110101 1010101 0011101 11111101 11101110 1010101 1110101 1010001 1010111 1010111 1101101 1010100 1000111 1000101 1110111 1110101 1000101 1110111 1011100 1111101 10010111 1011101 1011101 1011101 10010111 1011111 1011111 1111101 1010101 1010111 1010111 1010100 1010101 1010011 1110111 1110101 1111101 1011110 1010101 1010111 1111111 10100101 1011111 0110111 1110101 1011101 1011101 1110101 1001101 1110001 1110101 1011101 1111101 1010001 1010111 1110101 1110111 1010101 1111101 1010100
  • Amount of stanzas: 2
  • Average number of symbols per stanza: 1000
  • Average number of words per stanza: 185
  • Amount of lines: 64
  • Average number of symbols per line: 30 (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; it, an' are repeated.

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

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