This is an analysis of the poem Station 40, Chiriu: The Poet Ariwara No Narihira At Eight Bridges that begins with:

What is sky but water, more water,
crossed by eight bridges?...

Elements of the verse: questions and answers

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  • Rhyme scheme: XaX aaa bXb
  • Stanza lengths (in strings): 3,3,3,
  • Closest metre: trochaic pentameter
  • –°losest rhyme: limerick
  • –°losest stanza type: tercets
  • Guessed form: unknown form
  • Metre: 101110110 11110 001010001011 110101001010 110101001010 1011011011 001001001 1011111101 10101100010
  • Amount of stanzas: 3
  • Average number of symbols per stanza: 122
  • Average number of words per stanza: 22
  • Amount of lines: 9
  • Average number of symbols per line: 40 (medium-length strings)
  • Average number of words per line: 7
  • Mood of the speaker:

    The speaker asks many questions. Perhaps, he or she is in confusion.

  • The author used lexical repetitions to emphasize a significant image; they is repeated.

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

  • summary of Station 40, Chiriu: The Poet Ariwara No Narihira At Eight Bridges;
  • central theme;
  • idea of the verse;
  • history of its creation;
  • critical appreciation.

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