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

A harebell hung her wilful head:
'I am tired, so tired! I wish I was dead.'...

Elements of the verse: questions and answers

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  • Rhyme scheme: aX bX bb bX cc aX dd XX aX XX ee ff gX hh aa gX aa aa ii
  • Stanza lengths (in strings): 2,2,2,2,2,2,2,2,2,2,2,2,2,2,2,2,2,2,2,
  • Closest metre: iambic pentameter
  • Сlosest rhyme: rondeau rhyme
  • Сlosest stanza type: tercets
  • Guessed form: blank verse
  • Metre: 010010101 111011011111 110100101 110101101 011111100 110010101 111110101 11011111 0110100101 10011101 111111111 11100111111 1011110101 110111001 110111010 111111111 0101101001 111111110100 011101001 110101101 011101101 0111101001 011100101 1010011001 0100101111 111011111 011101011 111101111 11111111 111101101 1111100101 010101111 011111111 111000111010 11011001101 1111011111 11111111111 10101111111
  • Amount of stanzas: 19
  • Average number of symbols per stanza: 81
  • Average number of words per stanza: 17
  • Amount of lines: 38
  • Average number of symbols per line: 40 (medium-length strings)
  • Average number of words per line: 9
  • 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; and is repeated.

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

    The author used the same word the 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 ' is repeated).

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

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  • summary of The Foolish Harebell;
  • central theme;
  • idea of the verse;
  • history of its creation;
  • critical appreciation.

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