This is an analysis of the poem The Russet-Backed Thrush that begins with:

He dwells where pine and hemlock grow,
A merry minstrel seldom seen; ...

Elements of the verse: questions and answers

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  • Rhyme scheme: abab cbcb dXdX
  • Stanza lengths (in strings): 4,4,4,
  • Closest metre: iambic tetrameter
  • –°losest rhyme: alternate rhyme
  • –°losest stanza type: sonnet
  • Guessed form: ballad stanza
  • Metre: 11111111 01010101 01010011 11000101 01110111 01010101 11111101 110100101 11011111 11010101 01100101 11011100
  • Amount of stanzas: 3
  • Average number of symbols per stanza: 141
  • Average number of words per stanza: 25
  • Amount of lines: 12
  • Average number of symbols per line: 35 (medium-length strings)
  • Average number of words per line: 6
  • Mood of the speaker:

    The punctuation marks are various. Neither mark predominates.

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  • summary of The Russet-Backed Thrush;
  • central theme;
  • idea of the verse;
  • history of its creation;
  • critical appreciation.

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