This is an analysis of the poem The Catbird that begins with:

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The tufted gold of the sassafras,... full text

Elements of the verse: questions and answers

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  • Rhyme scheme: a bcbcadXX X efefdbdb X Xgdgeheh X aiaigagggaX
  • Stanza lengths (in strings): 1,8,1,8,1,8,1,11,
  • Closest metre: iambic tetrameter
  • –°losest rhyme: alternate rhyme
  • –°losest stanza type: sonnet
  • Guessed form: ballad stanza
  • Metre: 1 010100101 101001001 0100100101 1100101 011100111 10100101 101110100 100111 1 1110100111 10110111 1110100111 10100101 1010110101 00101001 10100101011 1010101 1 11010110 1010101 010101011 1010101 111010011 10100111 1010100111 1100101 1 101010111 10101101 111111101 111111 11111111 1101101 00100100101 0100111001 001011111 1101111 111
  • Amount of stanzas: 8
  • Average number of symbols per stanza: 159
  • Average number of words per stanza: 30
  • Amount of lines: 39
  • Average number of symbols per line: 32 (medium-length strings)
  • Average number of words per line: 6
  • Mood of the speaker:

    There are many exclamation marks in the poem. The speaker is excited. He or she has strong feelings on the subject that is described in the poem.

  • The author used lexical repetitions to emphasize a significant image; of, and, out, up, sweet are repeated.

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

    The literary device anadiplosis is detected in two or more neighboring lines. The word/phrase see connects the lines.

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

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

Good luck in your poetry interpretation practice!

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