This is an analysis of the poem On The Ice Islands Seen Floating In The German Ocean that begins with:

What portents, from what distant region, ride,
Unseen till now in ours, the astonished tide?... full text

Elements of the verse: questions and answers

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  • Rhyme scheme: aabbaabbaaccddaaeebbffggXdhXcceebbcchhiiaaiihhaajjaaeiiccggeehh
  • Stanza lengths (in strings): 63,
  • Closest metre: iambic pentameter
  • –°losest rhyme: limerick
  • –°losest stanza type: sonnet
  • Guessed form: blank verse
  • Metre: 1110110101 01110100101 0101110001 0111010101 1101010111 0101010101 10101110101 1111010011 1111110101 1101111101 1101011101 11010101001 11010010101 1101010101 1101011101 01010010111 11010101001 1101010101 0101110101 1101111101 1111010111 010101101 11111001101 0111000101 0111110111 1101010101 1101010101 0101101010 1101010111 0101110101 0101111101 1101110101 1101011101 1111010011 1101110101 1011010101 1111000101 0101010101 1101100101 1101010101 1100010101 1101010101 111100011 0101110101 1111010101 1100010101 0101011001 11010011101 1111000101 10100101001 11010011101 110101111 1101110110101 10101010101 11010101001 11010000101 1110010101 1101111001 11010100101 1111110101 010110101 1101111101 0101011101
  • Amount of stanzas: 1
  • Average number of symbols per stanza: 2854
  • Average number of words per stanza: 486
  • Amount of lines: 63
  • 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; they is repeated.

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

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