This is an analysis of the poem 491. Song—Lassie wi' the Lint-white Locks that begins with:

Chorus.—Lassie wi'the lint-white locks,
Bonie lassie, artless lassie,... full text

Elements of the verse: questions and answers

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  • Rhyme scheme: aXab cccbC dddbC eeebC cccbC fffbC
  • Stanza lengths (in strings): 4,5,5,5,5,5,
  • Closest metre: iambic tetrameter
  • Сlosest rhyme: alternate rhyme
  • Сlosest stanza type: tercets
  • Guessed form: ballad stanza
  • Metre: 10101111 1101010 1111101 110111 110101001 11011111 11110111 1110111 10101 01110101 01110111 01011101 1101111 10101 110101010 111101010 100101010 1101111 10101 110011101 010101001 11010111 1111111 10101 11010101 01110111 10001101 1101111 10101
  • Amount of stanzas: 6
  • Average number of symbols per stanza: 155
  • Average number of words per stanza: 28
  • Amount of lines: 34
  • Average number of symbols per line: 27 (strings are less long than medium ones)
  • Average number of words per line: 5
  • Mood of the speaker:

    The punctuation marks are various. Neither mark predominates.

  • The author used lexical repetitions to emphasize a significant image; lassie is repeated.

    The poet used anaphora at the beginnings of some neighboring lines. The same words wilt, the are repeated.

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

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