This is an analysis of the poem Sheep that begins with:

The first four leaders had broken knees
The four old dams had broken knees...

Elements of the verse: questions and answers

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  • Rhyme scheme: AaaA bX ccaXc cX deeaX ffggX b aaaaX bbhhh ddXX
  • Stanza lengths (in strings): 4,2,5,2,5,5,1,5,5,4,
  • Closest metre: iambic tetrameter
  • Сlosest rhyme: limerick
  • Сlosest stanza type: tercets
  • Guessed form: unknown form
  • Metre: 011101101 01111101 01110111 011101101 10011100101 110011100101 010100001 01010101 01010111 01111101 0101 0101 010111010 111110101 1101100101 11110101 010110111 10111101 10111101 010101001 11101100001 10110011 10101101 10011100101 11001001001 1100111001 1011101101 111111001 11 1010110101 111111111 011011011 101010111 101 101100101 01110101 11111111 01010111
  • Amount of stanzas: 10
  • Average number of symbols per stanza: 139
  • Average number of words per stanza: 28
  • Amount of lines: 38
  • Average number of symbols per line: 36 (medium-length strings)
  • Average number of words per line: 7
  • Mood of the speaker:

    The punctuation marks are various. Neither mark predominates.

  • The author used lexical repetitions to emphasize a significant image; four, had, broken, knees, to, ', hawk, and are repeated.

    The poet used anaphora at the beginnings of some neighboring lines. The same words the, he 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 knees is repeated).

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

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

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

Good luck in your poetry interpretation practice!

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