This is an analysis of the poem Bird On The Wire that begins with:

Like a bird on the wire,
like a drunk in a midnight choir ...

Elements of the verse: questions and answers

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  • Rhyme scheme: aabccbXbdd
  • Stanza lengths (in strings): 10,
  • Closest metre: iambic tetrameter
  • –°losest rhyme: rima
  • –°losest stanza type: sonnet
  • Guessed form: unknown form
  • Metre: 1011010 101001110 111011001 101101 101011101 111111011 01011001 1111111011 01011001 1111011001
  • Amount of stanzas: 1
  • Average number of symbols per stanza: 338
  • Average number of words per stanza: 77
  • Amount of lines: 10
  • Average number of symbols per line: 33 (medium-length strings)
  • 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; like, i are repeated.

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

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

  • summary of Bird On The Wire;
  • central theme;
  • idea of the verse;
  • history of its creation;
  • critical appreciation.

Good luck in your poetry interpretation practice!

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