This is an analysis of the poem Once, I Knew A Fine Song, that begins with:

Once, I knew a fine song,
-- It is true, believe me -- ... full text

Elements of the verse: questions and answers

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  • Rhyme scheme: XaXbbaXbXXa
  • Stanza lengths (in strings): 11,
  • Closest metre: iambic trimeter
  • –°losest rhyme: limerick
  • –°losest stanza type: sonnet
  • Guessed form: unknown form
  • Metre: 111011 001011 01101 11100010 1110010 1011101 111011010 11101 111 011011 1011101
  • Amount of stanzas: 1
  • Average number of symbols per stanza: 309
  • Average number of words per stanza: 57
  • Amount of lines: 11
  • Average number of symbols per line: 27 (strings are less long than medium ones)
  • Average number of words per line: 5
  • Mood of the speaker:

    The punctuation marks are various. Neither mark predominates.

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  • summary of Once, I Knew A Fine Song,;
  • central theme;
  • idea of the verse;
  • history of its creation;
  • critical appreciation.

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