Clear, placid Leman! thy contrasted lake,
With the wild world I dwelt in, is a thing
Which warns me, with its stillness, to forsake
Earth's troubled waters for a purer spring.
This quiet sail is as a noiseless wing
To waft me from distraction; once I loved
Torn ocean's roar, but thy soft murmuring
Sounds sweet as if a Sister's voice reproved,
That I with stern delights should e'er have been so moved
This poem is made up of a stanza. This stanza has nine lines. Lines have a regular length and begin with capital letters. Lines are aligned and there is a regular punctuation. In this poem there is a regular rhyme scheme: ABABBCBDD. The poem begins with an invocation. In this poem there are many run-on-lines, two alliterations. There is a metonimia, two similes and a metaphor.
The poet loves lake Leman because it represents the solitary way to be in communion with nature, and also because it reminds to the poet the “sister’s voice reproved”