This is an analysis of the poem The Blackbirds Are Rough Today that begins with:

lonely as a dry and used orchard
spread over the earth...

Elements of the verse: questions and answers

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  • Rhyme scheme: aXb cb ded fX gdhiejaaih hfhh jakikeegXjjlhhmXggX clXahlmelXhXkedjh
  • Stanza lengths (in strings): 3,2,3,2,10,4,19,17,
  • Closest metre: iambic trimeter
  • –°losest rhyme: alternate rhyme
  • –°losest stanza type: sonnet
  • Guessed form: unknown form
  • Metre: 101011110 11001 111010 11111110 101010 10111 110101 1110011 0100010111 10 0101101 1 1011 01101 1 111 0101011 101 1001 1010011 11010 11 010111 111110 11111 0111 1010 1 1011110 1 11 1 11001001 1010 11110 111010 11111 11010 111101110 1001 111 111110111 10 1110111000 1010 00101110 10101111101 1010 0101011101010 01110 1 0111101 10 010 10010 101111101 1 11 1
  • Amount of stanzas: 9
  • Average number of symbols per stanza: 130
  • Average number of words per stanza: 25
  • Amount of lines: 59
  • Average number of symbols per line: 19 (very short strings)
  • Average number of words per line: 4
  • Mood of the speaker:

    The punctuation marks are various. Neither mark predominates.

  • The author used lexical repetitions to emphasize a significant image; you, who, and are repeated.

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

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  • summary of The Blackbirds Are Rough Today;
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