This is an analysis of the poem Ay De Mi that begins with:

O bird, that used to press,
Thy head against my cheek... full text

Elements of the verse: questions and answers

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  • Rhyme scheme: XaaXBBB ccccBBB
  • Stanza lengths (in strings): 7,7,
  • Closest metre: iambic trimeter
  • –°losest rhyme: couplets
  • –°losest stanza type: tercets
  • Guessed form: sonnet with iambic trimeter or irregular meter
  • Metre: 111101 110111 011101 110101 10111 1011111 10111 110101 110101 110101 011101 10111 1011111 10111
  • Amount of stanzas: 2
  • Average number of symbols per stanza: 173
  • Average number of words per stanza: 38
  • Amount of lines: 14
  • Average number of symbols per line: 24 (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; my, bird, ay, de, mi are repeated.

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

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

    There is a poetic device epiphora at the end of some neighboring lines bird is repeated).

    The poet repeated the same word bird at the end of some neighboring stanzas. The poetic device is a kind of epiphora.

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

  • summary of Ay De Mi;
  • central theme;
  • idea of the verse;
  • history of its creation;
  • critical appreciation.

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