This is an analysis of the poem The Mother Mourns that begins with:

When mid-autumn's moan shook the night-time,
And sedges were horny,... full text

Elements of the verse: questions and answers

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  • Rhyme scheme: Xabc adeX dXbc fghc ijcc fjhc hXXc kXdc gXcc eclc meic kcic jaic ffcX dcic baXc iXic mfhX jcXc flic XiaX iajX
  • Stanza lengths (in strings): 4,4,4,4,4,4,4,4,4,4,4,4,4,4,4,4,4,4,4,4,4,4,
  • Closest metre: trochaic tetrameter
  • –°losest rhyme: alternate rhyme
  • –°losest stanza type: tercets
  • Guessed form: unknown form
  • Metre: 111011011 110010 110110010 11101 111011110 110011 110011010 11110 110010111 011000 110011010 01101 110011010 110011 11001010 010001 1011110111 110110 010110010 01101 111011010 1101010 110110010 11001 1011010011 010110 011010100 11111 110110010 111010 1101000011 11011 110110011 010110 100111100 01011 110011111 110010 111011110 01101 111010111 110010 101110010 11101 111111011 111011 111101011 111001 1011010110 010110 111011110 11011 111111010 110110 111010010 110110 110010011 011010 010111111 11111 110010110 110110 1100101010 11010 110010110 111110 0100101100 01001 101110110 1100110 10011111110 01010 1111101100 110110 110010110 11011 110010110 110110 1101101110 01011 11111111100 110010 110110110 01100 110010110 110010 110010110 011011
  • Amount of stanzas: 22
  • Average number of symbols per stanza: 127
  • Average number of words per stanza: 22
  • Amount of lines: 88
  • Average number of symbols per line: 31 (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.

  • The author used lexical repetitions to emphasize a significant image; and, each, my, as are repeated.

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

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

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