This is an analysis of the poem Sweet Briars Of The Stairways that begins with:

We are happy all the time
Even when we fight: ... full text

Elements of the verse: questions and answers

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  • Rhyme scheme: abcaX cbbcbX bba Xa adbdX
  • Stanza lengths (in strings): 5,6,3,2,5,
  • Closest metre: iambic tetrameter
  • Сlosest rhyme: rondeau rhyme
  • Сlosest stanza type: tercets
  • Guessed form: unknown form
  • Metre: 1110101 10111 110011 110001 11110010 10110010 111101 111111 0111110 11010101 11110010 10010101101010 10101010101110 111010111111 1011110111 110101 110101 010010101 11110111 11010101 111100100
  • Amount of stanzas: 5
  • Average number of symbols per stanza: 155
  • Average number of words per stanza: 28
  • Amount of lines: 21
  • Average number of symbols per line: 36 (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; our, it, we are repeated.

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

    There is a poetic device epiphora at the end of some neighboring lines it, dumb are repeated).

    The poet repeated the same word i at the end of some neighboring stanzas. The poetic device is a kind of epiphora.

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