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

In the waking night
The forests have stopped growing...

Elements of the verse: questions and answers

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  • Rhyme scheme: abbcXX Xdeae XXXbbd ffc
  • Stanza lengths (in strings): 6,5,6,3,
  • Closest metre: iambic trimeter
  • –°losest rhyme: enclosed rhyme
  • –°losest stanza type: tercets
  • Guessed form: unknown form
  • Metre: 00101 0101110 011100 01100111 01010011 110101 110101010 1110111 1001111101 10110101010 010011001 1000110 0101010 010001 1101110 1011110 101111 11 010100101 1111101
  • Amount of stanzas: 4
  • Average number of symbols per stanza: 149
  • Average number of words per stanza: 29
  • Amount of lines: 20
  • Average number of symbols per line: 29 (strings are less long than medium ones)
  • Average number of words per line: 6
  • Mood of the speaker:

    The punctuation marks are various. Neither mark predominates.

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

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

Good luck in your poetry interpretation practice!

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