This is an analysis of the poem A Song From A Sandhill that begins with:

Drip, drip, drip! It tinkles on the fly—
The pitiless outpouring of an overburdened sky: ... full text

Elements of the verse: questions and answers

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  • Rhyme scheme: aabb aabb aabb aabb ccdd eeee ffbbXaabb
  • Stanza lengths (in strings): 4,4,4,4,4,4,9,
  • Closest metre: iambic pentameter
  • Сlosest rhyme: limerick
  • Сlosest stanza type: tercets
  • Guessed form: blank verse
  • Metre: 111010101 01001100110101 11010111010101 1010101010111 11111010111 111010101110101 11011101110001 1010101000111 1111010101 010011111111111 01010100010101 110101001111 1111110101 11010101110111 11110101110001 111110001111 1111010101 11000100010101 11111101010101 1010111001111 1111010101 11011101010001 101111101101101 11011000111 111010011 01110101111101 10101000101001 1010111000111 111010101 11110001010001 10111101010111 1110011000111
  • Amount of stanzas: 8
  • Average number of symbols per stanza: 218
  • Average number of words per stanza: 41
  • Amount of lines: 32
  • Average number of symbols per line: 54 (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; drip, pat, rain, and, drop are repeated.

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

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

    The poet repeated the same word drip at the end of some neighboring stanzas. The poetic device is a kind of epiphora.

    The literary device anadiplosis is detected in two or more neighboring lines. The word/phrase drip connects the lines.

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  • summary of A Song From A Sandhill;
  • central theme;
  • idea of the verse;
  • history of its creation;
  • critical appreciation.

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