This is an analysis of the poem The Stormy Petrel that begins with:

A THOUSAND miles from land are we,
Tossing about on the roaring sea; ... full text

Elements of the verse: questions and answers

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  • Rhyme scheme: aabbccccdd ddeeaaffgg hhddiijjgg
  • Stanza lengths (in strings): 10,10,10,
  • Closest metre: iambic tetrameter
  • –°losest rhyme: couplets
  • –°losest stanza type: sonnet
  • Guessed form: unknown form
  • Metre: 010100111 100110101 010010101 110110101 011100111 011111001 010101101 011110101 111111111 110011101 111111 00100100101 1101011001 01010101 01010110 101110111 1010100101 110100101 0101101001 1110111101 101101 10110110111 100110101 010100101 10100100101 1101100101 1110100011 1100101101 1111011001 1110111101
  • Amount of stanzas: 3
  • Average number of symbols per stanza: 422
  • Average number of words per stanza: 77
  • Amount of lines: 30
  • Average number of symbols per line: 41 (medium-length strings)
  • Average number of words per line: 8
  • 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; and is repeated.

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

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

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

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