This is an analysis of the poem Thistledown that begins with:

She danced thro' life as light as thistledown,
The grace of Columbine, charm of Pierette,... full text

Elements of the verse: questions and answers

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  • Rhyme scheme: XaXabcbc dedeXfXf fgfgfhfh
  • Stanza lengths (in strings): 8,8,8,
  • Closest metre: iambic pentameter
  • –°losest rhyme: rima
  • –°losest stanza type: tercets
  • Guessed form: blank verse
  • Metre: 1111111100 0101011001 1111001000100 01000010111 010101010100 1011111101 110101010100 0110010111 110111010010 0101010001 11011111010 0101000101 101101010100 1001000101 101101011000 1011010011 11111101011 1111111101 11011101110 1111110111 111101011101 0101000101 0101010010101 1100010011
  • Amount of stanzas: 3
  • Average number of symbols per stanza: 356
  • Average number of words per stanza: 64
  • Amount of lines: 24
  • Average number of symbols per line: 44 (strings are more long than medium ones)
  • Average number of words per line: 8
  • Mood of the speaker:

    The punctuation marks are various. Neither mark predominates.

  • The author used lexical repetitions to emphasize a significant image; of, dancing, she, to are repeated.

If you write a school or university poetry essay, you should Include in your explanation of the poem:

  • summary of Thistledown;
  • central theme;
  • idea of the verse;
  • history of its creation;
  • critical appreciation.

Good luck in your poetry interpretation practice!

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