This is an analysis of the poem The Birthday Of The World that begins with:

On the birthday of the world
I begin to contemplate...

Elements of the verse: questions and answers

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  • Rhyme scheme: abbcdadbefXbfXfbXgacXfaXhhdcedXXgbe
  • Stanza lengths (in strings): 35,
  • Closest metre: iambic trimeter
  • –°losest rhyme: rima
  • –°losest stanza type: sonnet
  • Guessed form: unknown form
  • Metre: 1011001 1010101 111111 01101 111010 010100010 10101010 10101 101010 10101111 1011101 110111 111111 11111 1101010 11111 101110 11110 111011 1111 111011 111010 0101011 101001 001111 011100 1100100 10101 110101 100010100 1111101 110111 111110 0010101 111001
  • Amount of stanzas: 1
  • Average number of symbols per stanza: 880
  • Average number of words per stanza: 166
  • Amount of lines: 35
  • Average number of symbols per line: 24 (strings are less long than medium ones)
  • Average number of words per line: 5
  • Mood of the speaker:

    The speaker asks many questions. Perhaps, he or she is in confusion.

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

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

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

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

Good luck in your poetry interpretation practice!

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