This is an analysis of the poem The Red Bird that begins with:

When the summer sky is a tent of blue,
And rosy June is the regnant queen,... full text

Elements of the verse: questions and answers

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  • Rhyme scheme: abab cbcb
  • Stanza lengths (in strings): 4,4,
  • Closest metre: iambic pentameter
  • –°losest rhyme: alternate rhyme
  • –°losest stanza type: tercets
  • Guessed form: blank verse
  • Metre: 1010100101 110100101 010101101 010100101 1010011101 010100111 1100100101 1010110111
  • Amount of stanzas: 2
  • Average number of symbols per stanza: 155
  • Average number of words per stanza: 31
  • Amount of lines: 8
  • Average number of symbols per line: 38 (medium-length strings)
  • Average number of words per line: 8
  • Mood of the speaker:

    The punctuation marks are various. Neither mark predominates.

  • The author used lexical repetitions to emphasize a significant image; and is repeated.

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

If you write a school or university poetry essay, you should Include in your explanation of the poem:

  • summary of The Red Bird;
  • central theme;
  • idea of the verse;
  • history of its creation;
  • critical appreciation.

Good luck in your poetry interpretation practice!

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