This is an analysis of the poem Before Winter that begins with:

The wind is crying in the night,
Like a lost child;... full text

Elements of the verse: questions and answers

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  • Rhyme scheme: ababcdcd XaXaXaXa
  • Stanza lengths (in strings): 8,8,
  • Closest metre: iambic trimeter
  • –°losest rhyme: shakespearean sonnet
  • –°losest stanza type: tercets
  • Guessed form: unknown form
  • Metre: 01010001 1011 01110011 11 01110101 0111 1111010101 1101 01000101 1101 11010011 11 10110101 1001 0100111100 1011
  • Amount of stanzas: 2
  • Average number of symbols per stanza: 217
  • Average number of words per stanza: 41
  • Amount of lines: 16
  • Average number of symbols per line: 26 (strings are less long than medium ones)
  • Average number of words per line: 5
  • Mood of the speaker:

    The punctuation marks are various. Neither mark predominates.

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

    The poet used anaphora at the beginnings of some neighboring lines. The same word the is repeated.

    The author used the same word the at the beginnings of some neighboring stanzas. The figure of speech is a kind of anaphora.

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

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

Good luck in your poetry interpretation practice!

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