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

The wind flapp'd loose, the wind was still,
Shaken out dead from tree and hill:... full text

Elements of the verse: questions and answers

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  • Rhyme scheme: aaaa Xbbb cccc dXdd
  • Stanza lengths (in strings): 4,4,4,4,
  • Closest metre: iambic tetrameter
  • –°losest rhyme: alternate rhyme
  • –°losest stanza type: tercets
  • Guessed form: ballad stanza
  • Metre: 01110111 10110111 11111010 11110111 01111101 11101101 11110001 11011011 11110101 01110101 01111001 010101101 00111110 10110100 11110101 01010101
  • Amount of stanzas: 4
  • Average number of symbols per stanza: 152
  • Average number of words per stanza: 28
  • Amount of lines: 16
  • Average number of symbols per line: 38 (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; wind, my are repeated.

    The poet used anaphora at the beginnings of some neighboring lines. The same words i, my are repeated.

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

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