This is an analysis of the poem At School that begins with:

The bees are in the meadow
And the swallows in the sky;...

Elements of the verse: questions and answers

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  • Rhyme scheme: ababcdcXefefXdXd
  • Stanza lengths (in strings): 16,
  • Closest metre: iambic trimeter
  • –°losest rhyme: shakespearean sonnet
  • –°losest stanza type: sonnet
  • Guessed form: unknown form
  • Metre: 0110011 1010001 0100011 1010101 0101010 010111 0101010 1010101 1101010 10111001 10111010 011101 0101010 1010101 0101010 1010101
  • Amount of stanzas: 1
  • Average number of symbols per stanza: 465
  • Average number of words per stanza: 88
  • Amount of lines: 16
  • Average number of symbols per line: 28 (strings are less long than medium ones)
  • Average number of words per line: 6
  • Mood of the speaker:

    The punctuation marks are various. Neither mark predominates.

  • The author used lexical repetitions to emphasize a significant image; in, and are repeated.

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

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  • summary of At School;
  • central theme;
  • idea of the verse;
  • history of its creation;
  • critical appreciation.

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