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

Why do you strike up songs military
Fife-like, o, bullfinch, my friend?... full text

Elements of the verse: questions and answers

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  • Rhyme scheme: aXbbcd bebfcf XXcdfX XagXeg
  • Stanza lengths (in strings): 6,6,6,6,
  • Closest metre: trochaic pentameter
  • –°losest rhyme: couplets
  • –°losest stanza type: tercets
  • Guessed form: unknown form
  • Metre: 1111111010 1111011 11010110110 100111101 1010011110 1101011001 101100010010 11011111 10010011011 111101011 1101001101 0101101101 10010010010 1001001101 1001011001 1001001001 1011011001 1111101001 10010101111 10110111010 10011111010 10110110010 10010110110 1101011011
  • Amount of stanzas: 4
  • Average number of symbols per stanza: 252
  • Average number of words per stanza: 45
  • Amount of lines: 24
  • Average number of symbols per line: 41 (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; with, of are repeated.

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

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