This is an analysis of the poem Song—the Banks O' Doon (First Version) that begins with:

SWEET are the banks—the banks o' Doon,
The spreading flowers are fair,... full text

Elements of the verse: questions and answers

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  • Rhyme scheme: XabaBcdcBeXe XfXfDgdgDfff
  • Stanza lengths (in strings): 12,12,
  • Closest metre: iambic trimeter
  • Сlosest rhyme: shakespearean sonnet
  • Сlosest stanza type: sonnet
  • Guessed form: unknown form
  • Metre: 11010111 0101011 11010111 111111 1111111 110101 11110101 111111 1111111 110111 11111111 111111 11110111 010101 11011101 110111 11011101 010101 11110111 110111 11011101 010101 11110101 111111
  • Amount of stanzas: 2
  • Average number of symbols per stanza: 363
  • Average number of words per stanza: 75
  • Amount of lines: 25
  • Average number of symbols per line: 28 (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.

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  • summary of Song—the Banks O' Doon (First Version);
  • central theme;
  • idea of the verse;
  • history of its creation;
  • critical appreciation.

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