This is an analysis of the poem The Ways Are Green that begins with:

The ways are green with the gladdening sheen
Of the young year's fairest daughter.... full text

Elements of the verse: questions and answers

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  • Rhyme scheme: abcbddad XXXXXdXd ceceXdXd
  • Stanza lengths (in strings): 8,8,8,
  • Closest metre: trochaic tetrameter
  • –°losest rhyme: no rhyme
  • –°losest stanza type: tercets
  • Guessed form: unknown form
  • Metre: 0111001001 00111010 101111100101 101001010 010001001001 010001110 11001001001 1101110 011010111 101011100 11011111 10111010 1011110101 10101110 110110101 1101110 1101100101 010110110 10101100101 11110010 1010100101 00101010 111110100 1101110
  • Amount of stanzas: 3
  • Average number of symbols per stanza: 305
  • Average number of words per stanza: 57
  • Amount of lines: 24
  • Average number of symbols per line: 37 (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; of, and, her are repeated.

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

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

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