This is an analysis of the poem Willow Waly! that begins with:

[HE.] PRITHEE, pretty maiden - prithee, tell me true
(Hey, but I'm doleful, willow, willow waly!)... full text

Elements of the verse: questions and answers

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  • Rhyme scheme: aXaAbbA cXcAddA cXXAeeA fXfAaaA
  • Stanza lengths (in strings): 7,7,7,7,
  • Closest metre: trochaic tetrameter
  • –°losest rhyme: couplets
  • –°losest stanza type: tercets
  • Guessed form: unknown form
  • Metre: 1110101111 11010111110 11100100100101 111101 111010 011010 111101 110111010011 11110111110 11111110101 111101 111111 101011 111101 11101001101 11010111110 11111001010 111101 101010 1101010 111101 110111010101 11110111110 1111111111101 111101 0101011 1111111 111101
  • Amount of stanzas: 4
  • Average number of symbols per stanza: 228
  • Average number of words per stanza: 43
  • Amount of lines: 28
  • Average number of symbols per line: 32 (medium-length strings)
  • Average number of words per line: 6
  • Mood of the speaker:

    There are many exclamation marks in the poem. The speaker is excited. He or she has strong feelings on the subject that is described in the poem.

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

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

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

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