This is an analysis of the poem Why Do Birds Sing? that begins with:

Let poets piece prismatic words,
Give me the jewelled joy of birds!...

Elements of the verse: questions and answers

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  • Rhyme scheme: aa bbaacc ddeeaX ccffggXaa
  • Stanza lengths (in strings): 2,6,6,9,
  • Closest metre: iambic tetrameter
  • Сlosest rhyme: couplets
  • Сlosest stanza type: tercets
  • Guessed form: unknown form
  • Metre: 11010101 110100101 11001001 000101001 01010001 00010101 11010101 01010001 00010100 11110101 11011100 11011101 11101101 01010100 01010111 01000001 10010101 11010001 11010101 11011101 11010101 11001111
  • Amount of stanzas: 5
  • Average number of symbols per stanza: 141
  • Average number of words per stanza: 26
  • Amount of lines: 22
  • Average number of symbols per line: 31 (strings are less long than medium ones)
  • Average number of words per line: 6
  • Mood of the speaker:

    The speaker asks many questions. Perhaps, he or she is in confusion.

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

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

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  • summary of Why Do Birds Sing?;
  • central theme;
  • idea of the verse;
  • history of its creation;
  • critical appreciation.

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