This is an analysis of the poem A Sea-Shore Grave. To M. J. L. that begins with:

By Sidney and Clifford Lanier.
O wish that's vainer than the plash... full text

Elements of the verse: questions and answers

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  • Rhyme scheme: a XaXX bcbX dede fcfc
  • Stanza lengths (in strings): 1,4,4,4,4,
  • Closest metre: iambic tetrameter
  • –°losest rhyme: rima
  • –°losest stanza type: sonnet
  • Guessed form: unknown form
  • Metre: 11011001 11110101 01110101 101010101 1111111100 11110101 010111001 1011100111 1101100100 11110101 01110111 11011001 110011111 110101001 01111101 11111101 11111001
  • Amount of stanzas: 5
  • Average number of symbols per stanza: 132
  • Average number of words per stanza: 25
  • Amount of lines: 17
  • Average number of symbols per line: 38 (medium-length strings)
  • Average number of words per line: 7
  • Mood of the speaker:

    There are many exclamation marks in the poem. The speaker is excited. He or she has strong feelings on the subject that is described in the poem.

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

    The author used the same word o at the beginnings of some neighboring stanzas. The figure of speech is a kind of anaphora.

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