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

The Sheep adorns the landscape rural
And is both singular and plural—... full text

Elements of the verse: questions and answers

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  • Rhyme scheme: aabX ccdd bbbb eecc XXXX
  • Stanza lengths (in strings): 4,4,4,4,4,
  • Closest metre: iambic tetrameter
  • Сlosest rhyme: couplets
  • Сlosest stanza type: tercets
  • Guessed form: unknown form
  • Metre: 010101110 101100110 0110001 01111101 01010111 11011111 101101010 110100110 01111101 01001111 11111101 01011101 0100100 01111101 01001101 01110111 10110011 11111011 101100010 101111110
  • Amount of stanzas: 5
  • Average number of symbols per stanza: 145
  • Average number of words per stanza: 27
  • Amount of lines: 20
  • 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; and, be are 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 The Sheep;
  • central theme;
  • idea of the verse;
  • history of its creation;
  • critical appreciation.

Good luck in your poetry interpretation practice!

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