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

As it fell upon a day
In the merry month of May, ... full text

Elements of the verse: questions and answers

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  • Rhyme scheme: aabbccddddeeaaddddddaabbcXbbaebbbbffggcchhffddiibbjjffkk
  • Stanza lengths (in strings): 56,
  • Closest metre: iambic trimeter
  • –°losest rhyme: couplets
  • –°losest stanza type: sonnet
  • Guessed form: unknown form
  • Metre: 1010101 0010101 1000101 1010101 1011101 10111001 10010101 1010001 1111101 1011101 111010010 10101110 1111111 1010111 1010101 1110101 1011101 1110111 1111101 1110111 10111011 10110111 110101 1111101 1110111 1001100 1110101 1110101 10011101 0110100 1110101 1011101 10010011 11110001 1010101 1100111 0110100 1001011 1011100 1011001 0101101 1011001 0010101 111010 1010111 1110101 11101101 1010011 1101101 1011011 0110101 0111101 10100101 1011101 1110101 1010101
  • Amount of stanzas: 1
  • Average number of symbols per stanza: 1893
  • Average number of words per stanza: 328
  • Amount of lines: 56
  • Average number of symbols per line: 33 (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; fie, he are repeated.

    The poet used anaphora at the beginnings of some neighboring lines. The same words all, he, if are repeated.

    There is a poetic device epiphora at the end of some neighboring lines thee is repeated).

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

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