This is an analysis of the poem Whisperings In Wattle-Boughs that begins with:

Oh, gaily sings the bird, and the wattle-boughs are stirr'd
And rustled by the scented breath of spring ;... full text

Elements of the verse: questions and answers

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  • Rhyme scheme: abXb Xaca Xdad aebe Xfaf dgcg afXX
  • Stanza lengths (in strings): 4,4,4,4,4,4,4,
  • Closest metre: iambic pentameter
  • –°losest rhyme: alternate rhyme
  • –°losest stanza type: tercets
  • Guessed form: blank verse
  • Metre: 1101011010111 11010101001 1010101010101110 10101110100 1111011001101 10101111101 11101011110101 10101010101 1111011011101 10101111101 11101111011111 101110010101 1111011010001 01111010111 1110111011101010 1111111101 1101010111101 10101110101 11111011110111 10101011111 1101111010111 01100111101 1101111111111 11101111100 1101011010101 10101110001 111111100101 11000111111
  • Amount of stanzas: 8
  • Average number of symbols per stanza: 193
  • Average number of words per stanza: 35
  • Amount of lines: 29
  • Average number of symbols per line: 53 (very long strings)
  • Average number of words per line: 10
  • 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; oh, you, and are repeated.

    The poet used anaphora at the beginnings of some neighboring lines. The same word oh is repeated.

    The author used the same word oh at the beginnings of some neighboring stanzas. The figure of speech is a kind of anaphora.

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  • summary of Whisperings In Wattle-Boughs;
  • central theme;
  • idea of the verse;
  • history of its creation;
  • critical appreciation.

Good luck in your poetry interpretation practice!

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