This is an analysis of the poem End Of A Day that begins with:

In the long evening of April through the cool light
Bayle's two sheep dogs sail down the lane like magpies...

Elements of the verse: questions and answers

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  • Rhyme scheme: XaXaXbacacadXXdXdabbXa
  • Stanza lengths (in strings): 22,
  • Closest metre: trochaic pentameter
  • –°losest rhyme: limerick
  • –°losest stanza type: sonnet
  • Guessed form: unknown form
  • Metre: 001100101011 101111101111 10101001101101 010011011010 1011010110101 11010100110110 11011111101111 11010101100110 11110010101 1011010111010 10011111010110 1110010011111010 1010101001010 110110101111 010111110011010 0100111110010 010100111001 1111110110101 0011101110111010 11001010111010 111101001011000 001101100010
  • Amount of stanzas: 1
  • Average number of symbols per stanza: 1277
  • Average number of words per stanza: 228
  • Amount of lines: 22
  • Average number of symbols per line: 57 (very long strings)
  • Average number of words per line: 10
  • Mood of the speaker:

    The punctuation marks are various. Neither mark predominates.

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

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