This is an analysis of the poem To A Sea-Gull that begins with:

White bird of the tempest! O beautiful thing,
With the bosom of snow, and the motionless wing,...

Elements of the verse: questions and answers

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  • Rhyme scheme: aabbccddccddXeffbbgg ffhhbbaahhXe
  • Stanza lengths (in strings): 20,12,
  • Closest metre: iambic pentameter
  • –°losest rhyme: couplets
  • –°losest stanza type: sonnet
  • Guessed form: heroic couplets
  • Metre: 11001011001 001001101001 11001011011 11011001001 110101011001 11001011011 11001001001 11001101001 110010011001 11001101001 110011001001 1010010010101 110010110010 111001001001 11011011011 1111101001 11001101011 11111001011 101101001011 101001001011 11001001001 1011010011101 11011011011 11011001001 111101101011 11111001011 1010010010101 01011001011 101101011001 11011111011 1010010010010 11101001101
  • Amount of stanzas: 2
  • Average number of symbols per stanza: 764
  • Average number of words per stanza: 139
  • Amount of lines: 32
  • Average number of symbols per line: 47 (strings are more long than medium ones)
  • 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; now, of, and are repeated.

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

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  • summary of To A Sea-Gull;
  • central theme;
  • idea of the verse;
  • history of its creation;
  • critical appreciation.

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