This is an analysis of the poem The Pallid Cuckoo that begins with:

Dolefully and drearily
Come I with the spring;... full text

Elements of the verse: questions and answers

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  • Rhyme scheme: XaXabbXa cDcdXXeX adadffgd bDbeXdgX
  • Stanza lengths (in strings): 8,8,8,8,
  • Closest metre: iambic trimeter
  • –°losest rhyme: alternate rhyme
  • –°losest stanza type: tercets
  • Guessed form: unknown form
  • Metre: 10001100 110001 1001100 110011 1110101 1010011 10101010 1010101 111101 10001 1010101 10101 1010101 110101 1010110 10001 00101010 10111 00100010 10111 1011101 1010111 10001110 10001 111100 10001 1010111 11100 1011101 00101 1010110 10001
  • Amount of stanzas: 4
  • Average number of symbols per stanza: 196
  • Average number of words per stanza: 35
  • Amount of lines: 32
  • Average number of symbols per line: 24 (strings are less long than medium ones)
  • Average number of words per line: 4
  • 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.

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

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