This is an analysis of the poem O Were My Love Yon Lilac Fair that begins with:

O WERE my Love yon lilac fair,
   Wi' purple blossoms to the spring, ... full text

Elements of the verse: questions and answers

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  • Rhyme scheme: ababXcbc XXXXdddd
  • Stanza lengths (in strings): 8,8,
  • Closest metre: iambic tetrameter
  • –°losest rhyme: alternate rhyme
  • –°losest stanza type: tercets
  • Guessed form: ballad stanza
  • Metre: 10111111 110100001 11010101 11011101 11111011 11011101 11111101 11010101 11110111 11010101 11100111 10010101 11010101 11110101 11011101 110101101
  • Amount of stanzas: 2
  • Average number of symbols per stanza: 342
  • Average number of words per stanza: 53
  • Amount of lines: 16
  • Average number of symbols per line: 42 (strings are more long than medium ones)
  • Average number of words per line: 7
  • Mood of the speaker:

    The punctuation marks are various. Neither mark predominates.

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