This is an analysis of the poem Western Australia that begins with:

O Beauteous Southland! Land of yellow air
That hangeth o've thee slumbering, and doth hold...

Elements of the verse: questions and answers

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  • Rhyme scheme: abab XcXc dbdb efef bgbg fgfg agag hghg
  • Stanza lengths (in strings): 4,4,4,4,4,4,4,4,
  • Closest metre: iambic pentameter
  • –°losest rhyme: alternate rhyme
  • –°losest stanza type: tercets
  • Guessed form: blank verse
  • Metre: 1101110101 11011100111 01001001101 1101110001 1101010101 1100010111 1111011101 11010101001 1111110001 1011011101 1111001111 11110100111 110011110010 1101011101 1101011010 0111110101 11110100101 1101111101 1111110110 11011100011 111100101001 1101000101 1111010101 01110100001 1111110111 1111011111 1101010001 1111110101 0101010111 1101010111 1101010011 0111011101
  • Amount of stanzas: 8
  • Average number of symbols per stanza: 179
  • Average number of words per stanza: 32
  • Amount of lines: 32
  • Average number of symbols per line: 44 (strings are more long than medium ones)
  • Average number of words per line: 8
  • Mood of the speaker:

    The punctuation marks are various. Neither mark predominates.

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

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

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

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

  • summary of Western Australia;
  • central theme;
  • idea of the verse;
  • history of its creation;
  • critical appreciation.

Good luck in your poetry interpretation practice!

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