This is an analysis of the poem Whilst Shepherds Watch'D that begins with:

Whilst Shepherds watch'd their flocks by night,
All seated on the ground,... full text

Elements of the verse: questions and answers

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  • Rhyme scheme: XabaaacadbabaaXaXcecdebeX
  • Stanza lengths (in strings): 25,
  • Closest metre: iambic trimeter
  • Сlosest rhyme: limerick
  • Сlosest stanza type: sonnet
  • Guessed form: unknown form
  • Metre: 11011111 110101 01000111 110101 11111101 111101 11001111 011111 01010101 010101 01010101 101001 010011111 010101 11010101 100101 11010111 0101001 01010111 011101 11000111 100101 00110101 011101 1010
  • Amount of stanzas: 1
  • Average number of symbols per stanza: 825
  • Average number of words per stanza: 139
  • Amount of lines: 25
  • Average number of symbols per line: 32 (medium-length strings)
  • Average number of words per line: 6
  • Mood of the speaker:

    The punctuation marks are various. Neither mark predominates.

  • The author used lexical repetitions to emphasize a significant image; to is repeated.

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

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

  • summary of Whilst Shepherds Watch'D;
  • central theme;
  • idea of the verse;
  • history of its creation;
  • critical appreciation.

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