This is an analysis of the poem A Birthday that begins with:

My heart is like a singing bird
Whose nest is in a water'd shoot;... full text

Elements of the verse: questions and answers

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  • Rhyme scheme: XabaXbcb XcXcXXXb
  • Stanza lengths (in strings): 8,8,
  • Closest metre: iambic tetrameter
  • –°losest rhyme: no rhyme
  • –°losest stanza type: tercets
  • Guessed form: unknown form
  • Metre: 11010101 11000101 11011101 11110101 11010111 110001001 11010111 01110101 11010111 10011101 1001110000 11100101 10011101 01110101 01011011 01110101
  • Amount of stanzas: 2
  • Average number of symbols per stanza: 271
  • Average number of words per stanza: 55
  • Amount of lines: 16
  • Average number of symbols per line: 33 (medium-length strings)
  • Average number of words per line: 7
  • Mood of the speaker:

    The punctuation marks are various. Neither mark predominates.

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

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

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