This is an analysis of the poem Sleepyheads that begins with:

SLEEP is a maker of makers. Birds sleep. Feet cling to a perch. Look at the balance. Let the legs loosen, the backbone untwist, the head go heavy...

Elements of the verse: questions and answers

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  • Rhyme scheme: X X aXa
  • Stanza lengths (in strings): 1,1,3,
  • Closest metre: trochaic pentameter
  • Сlosest rhyme: no rhyme
  • Сlosest stanza type: tercets
  • Guessed form: unknown form
  • Metre: 100100101111001110101011001110011101001110011101 1110101110011110001011000110011100010110110001010101001100010011 1110101001011111101011101111110101101001100111101001110111111001 1010100101001101011010010101001001101000110100111010010011011010001111111001001010110011011111110010010
  • Amount of stanzas: 1
  • Average number of symbols per stanza: 1137
  • Average number of words per stanza: 229
  • Amount of lines: 7
  • Average number of symbols per line: 162 (very long strings)
  • Average number of words per line: 33
  • Mood of the speaker:

    The punctuation marks are various. Neither mark predominates.

  • The author used lexical repetitions to emphasize a significant image; of, sleep, it are repeated.

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

  • summary of Sleepyheads;
  • central theme;
  • idea of the verse;
  • history of its creation;
  • critical appreciation.

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