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The Day was dying; his breath
Wavered away in a hectic gleam;... full text

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  • Rhyme scheme: abab cccc XdXd efef agag
  • Stanza lengths (in strings): 4,4,4,4,4,
  • Closest metre: iambic tetrameter
  • –°losest rhyme: alternate rhyme
  • –°losest stanza type: tercets
  • Guessed form: ballad stanza
  • Metre: 0111001 100100101 111010111 11111111 0111001 110111011 011110111 11010101 0101011000 101111101 1010110101 011100101 011101 011100101 1110101111 101111101 111111 01010111 11111001 010011111
  • Amount of stanzas: 5
  • Average number of symbols per stanza: 149
  • Average number of words per stanza: 29
  • Amount of lines: 20
  • Average number of symbols per line: 37 (medium-length strings)
  • Average number of words per line: 7
  • Mood of the speaker:

    The punctuation marks are various. Neither mark predominates.

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

    The poet used anaphora at the beginnings of some neighboring lines. The same word and is repeated.

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

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