This is an analysis of the poem Second Nature that begins with:

WHEN I was young how fair the skies,
Such folly of cloud, such blue depths wise,... full text

Elements of the verse: questions and answers

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  • Rhyme scheme: aabbcc ddeeff aaccff aaccffXbbbbee
  • Stanza lengths (in strings): 6,6,6,13,
  • Closest metre: iambic tetrameter
  • –°losest rhyme: couplets
  • –°losest stanza type: tercets
  • Guessed form: unknown form
  • Metre: 11111101 110011111 11011101 110011001 11010111 11010001 11010111 11011001 11010111 11011111 11010111 10010111 01111101 11001001 11011101 10111101 10111001 10110111 10011111 11111001 11010111 11110011 11110101 111100101 11111001 011100111 10110001 01011101 11101101 01111111
  • Amount of stanzas: 5
  • Average number of symbols per stanza: 214
  • Average number of words per stanza: 44
  • Amount of lines: 30
  • Average number of symbols per line: 35 (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; such, of, and are repeated.

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

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

  • summary of Second Nature;
  • central theme;
  • idea of the verse;
  • history of its creation;
  • critical appreciation.

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