This is an analysis of the poem The Burning Babe that begins with:

AS I in hoary winter's night
   Stood shivering in the snow, ... full text

Elements of the verse: questions and answers

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  • Rhyme scheme: ababcdadaefegcXcffXfgfafXeXXacec
  • Stanza lengths (in strings): 32,
  • Closest metre: iambic tetrameter
  • Сlosest rhyme: shakespearean sonnet
  • Сlosest stanza type: sonnet
  • Guessed form: unknown form
  • Metre: 11010101 1100001 01110101 111101 11010101 1111011 01011101 100101 1100101 110101 11011101 100101 10111101 1100111 11010111 1111011 11010100 110101 100101101 110111 01010101 110101 01000101 111001 111111011 110010 10110001 110011 00110101 110101 1111101 101101
  • Amount of stanzas: 1
  • Average number of symbols per stanza: 1294
  • Average number of words per stanza: 189
  • Amount of lines: 32
  • Average number of symbols per line: 39 (medium-length strings)
  • 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; his, to are repeated.

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

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