This is an analysis of the poem A Barred Owl that begins with:

The warping night air having brought the boom
Of an owl's voice into her darkened room,...

Elements of the verse: questions and answers

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  • Rhyme scheme: aabbXX ccddXX
  • Stanza lengths (in strings): 6,6,
  • Closest metre: iambic pentameter
  • –°losest rhyme: couplets
  • –°losest stanza type: tercets
  • Guessed form: heroic couplets
  • Metre: 0101110101 0111000101 11010011111 1111000101 1001010100 10111011101110 1111110101 1101010101 1101110111 11001010101 1100111001 1101111101
  • Amount of stanzas: 2
  • Average number of symbols per stanza: 271
  • Average number of words per stanza: 50
  • Amount of lines: 12
  • Average number of symbols per line: 44 (strings are more long than medium ones)
  • Average number of words per line: 8
  • Mood of the speaker:

    The punctuation marks are various. Neither mark predominates.

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  • summary of A Barred Owl;
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