This is an analysis of the poem An Olive Fire that begins with:

An olive fire's a lovely thing;
Somehow it makes me think of Spring...

Elements of the verse: questions and answers

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  • Rhyme scheme: AabbccaA ccbbddaaA eeffggXhh
  • Stanza lengths (in strings): 8,9,9,
  • Closest metre: iambic tetrameter
  • –°losest rhyme: couplets
  • –°losest stanza type: tercets
  • Guessed form: unknown form
  • Metre: 110100101 110111001 10110101 01011101 11110111 0101010111 111100111 110100101 110100111 01010101 11010101 11101001 10110101 01011111 11110101 11011111 110100101 111101110 110111010 11010111 11010111 01010111 01010011 11110101 10111011 01111111
  • Amount of stanzas: 3
  • Average number of symbols per stanza: 304
  • Average number of words per stanza: 59
  • Amount of lines: 26
  • Average number of symbols per line: 34 (medium-length strings)
  • Average number of words per line: 7
  • Mood of the speaker:

    The punctuation marks are various. Neither mark predominates.

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

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

    The author used the same word an at the beginnings of some neighboring stanzas. The figure of speech is a kind of anaphora.

    The poet repeated the same word thing at the end of some neighboring stanzas. The poetic device is a kind of epiphora.

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

  • summary of An Olive Fire;
  • central theme;
  • idea of the verse;
  • history of its creation;
  • critical appreciation.

Good luck in your poetry interpretation practice!

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