This is an analysis of the poem A New-Year’s Burden that begins with:

ALONG the grass sweet airs are blown
Our way this day in Spring.... full text

Elements of the verse: questions and answers

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  • Rhyme scheme: ababCccdadaCccededccc
  • Stanza lengths (in strings): 21,
  • Closest metre: iambic tetrameter
  • Сlosest rhyme: rima
  • Сlosest stanza type: sonnet
  • Guessed form: unknown form
  • Metre: 01011111 1101001 01011111 111111 111111 101111 11011100111 01010111 011101 01010111 111001 111111 101111 1101110111 01010111 011001 11010101 111101 111111 111111 01111111001
  • Amount of stanzas: 1
  • Average number of symbols per stanza: 687
  • Average number of words per stanza: 143
  • Amount of lines: 21
  • Average number of symbols per line: 32 (medium-length strings)
  • Average number of words per line: 7
  • 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 speaker asks many questions. Perhaps, he or she is in confusion.

  • The author used lexical repetitions to emphasize a significant image; no is repeated.

    The poet used anaphora at the beginnings of some neighboring lines. The same words not, the are repeated.

    There is a poetic device epiphora at the end of some neighboring lines no is repeated).

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

  • summary of A New-Year’s Burden;
  • central theme;
  • idea of the verse;
  • history of its creation;
  • critical appreciation.

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