This is an analysis of the poem How A Little Girl Danced that begins with:

(Being a reminiscence of certain private theatricals.) ... full text

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  • Rhyme scheme: a X bcBcBC bXBcXc acXcdc dcccXc XcbcBC
  • Stanza lengths (in strings): 1,1,6,6,6,6,6,
  • Closest metre: trochaic pentameter
  • Сlosest rhyme: couplets
  • Сlosest stanza type: tercets
  • Guessed form: unknown form
  • Metre: 10000101 100101001010100 11011011010 11111101111 1101011010 11111001001 1001010010 01101101101 1110101010 1011001110 1101011010 110110110001 011011010100 01011001001 10011110010 11001001011 110010010010 01101001101 010010010110 01001001101 11101011110 11101011101 111010010010 01101001011 11001010010 11101011001 11010110111 1110010001011 1101011010 111011001101 1001010010 01101101101
  • Amount of stanzas: 7
  • Average number of symbols per stanza: 209
  • Average number of words per stanza: 38
  • Amount of lines: 33
  • Average number of symbols per line: 44 (strings are more long than medium ones)
  • Average number of words per line: 8
  • Mood of the speaker:

    The punctuation marks are various. Neither mark predominates.

  • The author used lexical repetitions to emphasize a significant image; i, dancer, with, of are repeated.

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

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

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