This is an analysis of the poem The Sheep-Herder that begins with:

All day across the sagebrush flat
Beneath the sun of June,...

Elements of the verse: questions and answers

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  • Rhyme scheme: abXbcbcX Defecgcg XfcXgcgX DcXcXhhX aiaibfbf Djhjklkl bmbmafaf DcjcbXbX mfmfngng nonoabab
  • Stanza lengths (in strings): 8,8,8,8,8,8,8,8,8,8,
  • Closest metre: iambic trimeter
  • –°losest rhyme: rima
  • –°losest stanza type: tercets
  • Guessed form: unknown form
  • Metre: 11010111 010101 11111111 110101 11111111 110101 11011101 1010111010 001010111 010101 01110110 1101101 11011111 010101 11111111 100101 11110100 010101 11010101 111101 11110101 111101 11010101 110101 001010111 110101 11011101 111101 111101010 111101 11110111 111100 11110101 110101 11110101 010101 11111101 111101 11011101 111101 001010111 110101 11111101 110111 11010001 011101 11110101 010011 01111101 111111 11010101 110101 01111101 110101 11010111 110101 001010111 011101 10110101 1101001 11011101 011110 11110101 010100 11010111 111111 11010111 101111 01110101 011111 11111111 110101 0010101 111111 01111101 010101 11011101 111111 01010101 111101
  • Amount of stanzas: 10
  • Average number of symbols per stanza: 241
  • Average number of words per stanza: 49
  • Amount of lines: 80
  • Average number of symbols per line: 29 (strings are less long than medium ones)
  • Average number of words per line: 6
  • 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; eh, and, to are 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 Sheep-Herder;
  • central theme;
  • idea of the verse;
  • history of its creation;
  • critical appreciation.

Good luck in your poetry interpretation practice!

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