This is an analysis of the poem The Winds Have Shifted that begins with:

Why are you expressing your concern,
For the needs of others......

Elements of the verse: questions and answers

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  • Rhyme scheme: ABcDED FGF EBDDD FGF ABcDED HEBIEA EBDDD djjjdXHEBIEA
  • Stanza lengths (in strings): 6,3,5,3,6,6,5,12,
  • Closest metre: trochaic tetrameter
  • –°losest rhyme: alternate rhyme
  • –°losest stanza type: tercets
  • Guessed form: unknown form
  • Metre: 111010101 101010 1 1111001 1011111 00101 1110111100 000111 1101110100 001100101110 10111 1111101 101011111 111011101 1110111100 000111 1101110100 111010101 101010 1 1111001 1011111 00101 101010 10011010 101101 1111 1110101 001001 001100101110 10111 1111101 101011111 111011101 11111101 101001101 11111110011 1110101100 11010101011101 101010 10011010 101101 1111 1110101 001001
  • Amount of stanzas: 9
  • Average number of symbols per stanza: 161
  • Average number of words per stanza: 28
  • Amount of lines: 45
  • Average number of symbols per line: 32 (medium-length strings)
  • Average number of words per line: 6
  • Mood of the speaker:

    There are many three dots in the poem. Readers should think of the author's idea together with the pensive speaker.

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

    The author used the same word why 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 The Winds Have Shifted;
  • central theme;
  • idea of the verse;
  • history of its creation;
  • critical appreciation.

Good luck in your poetry interpretation practice!

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