This is an analysis of the poem The Shepherd And The Calm that begins with:

Soothing his Passions with a warb'ling Sound,
A Shepherd-Swain lay stretch'd upon the Ground;... full text

Elements of the verse: questions and answers

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  • Rhyme scheme: aabbbccddeeeaaXf eeccggddccdddhhiiccjjddffee ccccXXbbddddfff
  • Stanza lengths (in strings): 16,27,15,
  • Closest metre: iambic pentameter
  • –°losest rhyme: couplets
  • –°losest stanza type: sonnet
  • Guessed form: heroic couplets
  • Metre: 1001000101 0101110101 1101110101 1001000101 010111111110 0111101101 101111001101 1101010001 1101010101 11010100101 1111110101 111101111101 0100010001 0101010101 0111010101 1111111111 0101011101 0101010101 11010110001 1101110101 1101101101 1101111111 1111110101 110101110111 0010010101 1101010101 1111010101 1101010101 110101011111 1101000111 0111111001 11011100101 1101001101 0101110111 1101111111 11000110001 11010011101 10110111001 1111110001 1101011101 1101011101 0101010101 0111110101 1011010101 10001110101 1111111111 1101010101 11000111010 0111110011 1011010101 1101011101 11011100001 1111001101 1111111101 1101011101 1111111101 1101010101 110101001001
  • Amount of stanzas: 3
  • Average number of symbols per stanza: 886
  • Average number of words per stanza: 156
  • Amount of lines: 59
  • Average number of symbols per line: 44 (strings are more long than medium ones)
  • 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; wou'd, and, nor, you, my are repeated.

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

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

  • summary of The Shepherd And The Calm;
  • central theme;
  • idea of the verse;
  • history of its creation;
  • critical appreciation.

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