This is an analysis of the poem The Messenger-Bird that begins with:

Thou art come from the spirits' land, thou bird!
Thou art come from the spirits' land!... full text

Elements of the verse: questions and answers

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  • Rhyme scheme: aaaa bbbb cdcd efef fdfd gcgc baba chch
  • Stanza lengths (in strings): 4,4,4,4,4,4,4,4,
  • Closest metre: iambic tetrameter
  • –°losest rhyme: alternate rhyme
  • –°losest stanza type: tercets
  • Guessed form: ballad stanza
  • Metre: 1110010111 11100101 1011111101 11001001 1110101111 00101101 11110111111 11111111 11111101101 00100111 1110100101 111101 11111010101 00101010 10110110101 1110101 11101101101 110101 110101101 1110101 1111100101 1111101 111110101 11111111 10100100101 1010001 1010110101 0100101 110110101 11110111 111111101 1111111
  • Amount of stanzas: 8
  • Average number of symbols per stanza: 161
  • Average number of words per stanza: 32
  • Amount of lines: 32
  • Average number of symbols per line: 39 (medium-length strings)
  • Average number of words per line: 8
  • Mood of the speaker:

    There are many exclamation marks in the poem. The speaker is excited. He or she has strong feelings on the subject that is described in the poem.

  • The author used lexical repetitions to emphasize a significant image; thou, we, that, and, they, of, his are repeated.

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

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

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

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