This is an analysis of the poem Longevity that begins with:

I watched one day a parrot grey - 'twas in a barber shop.
"Cuckold!" he cried, until I sighed: "You feathered devil, stop!"...

Elements of the verse: questions and answers

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  • Rhyme scheme: XXaabb ccddeX cXfXXX gghheX XgiiffXd djbbdjkk ffffXX kkXd
  • Stanza lengths (in strings): 6,6,6,6,8,8,6,4,
  • Closest metre: trochaic pentameter
  • –°losest rhyme: couplets
  • –°losest stanza type: tercets
  • Guessed form: unknown form
  • Metre: 11110101100101 100011011110101010 110001111110101 01011101110101 11111111110101 11111111010001 100010100010101 11111101011001 001111111111101 11011001110101 11011100110101 011111111111010 1011110100110101 1111011111001000 11101101110111 011111010111010 10101110101111001 010011111101100 10011111010101 111111001010101 11010111111101 11111111010101 111110100110101 1100111011101010 1110111011101110 11110100010001 110011101110101 01011111010101 01110111111001 11011101011101 01110101010101 111101111101101 01010100110101 10110100111001 11110111110101 11010101110101 11111111110101 11010101110101 11111101111101 11111101011101 11011111011101 11010101011101 11011101110111 01111100110111 11010101111100 11111111110100 11010101110111 11011111111111 11010101011110 11001101110100
  • Amount of stanzas: 8
  • Average number of symbols per stanza: 383
  • Average number of words per stanza: 74
  • Amount of lines: 50
  • Average number of symbols per line: 60 (very long strings)
  • Average number of words per line: 12
  • Mood of the speaker:

    The punctuation marks are various. Neither mark predominates.

  • The author used lexical repetitions to emphasize a significant image; so, you, and, i'll, when, my, that, i, to, who, he are repeated.

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

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

Good luck in your poetry interpretation practice!

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