This is an analysis of the poem The Grey Fantail that begins with:

The bushmen call me 'Cranky Fan,'
Because my strange erratic flight... full text

Elements of the verse: questions and answers

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  • Rhyme scheme: Xabacdcd dedebdbD bcbcfdfD gegebdbD
  • Stanza lengths (in strings): 8,8,8,8,
  • Closest metre: iambic tetrameter
  • Сlosest rhyme: shakespearean sonnet
  • Сlosest stanza type: tercets
  • Guessed form: unknown form
  • Metre: 01011101 01110101 10100001 10011101 11011101 01100111 01010100 01110101 010010111 11010101 11110101 11010001 11111111 110010001 11010001 1110101 11110111 11010111 11110111 01100101 11011101 11111111 11100101 1110101 11010101 10011111 11110100 110100101 01110101 11111101 10111101 1110101
  • Amount of stanzas: 4
  • Average number of symbols per stanza: 259
  • Average number of words per stanza: 49
  • Amount of lines: 32
  • Average number of symbols per line: 31 (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; now, and are repeated.

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

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

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

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