This is an analysis of the poem The Sermon Of The Birds that begins with:

I was clearing thirty or forty acres once
Out in the western range near Nightcap Mountain....

Elements of the verse: questions and answers

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  • Rhyme scheme: XabbbcXX XbdXXdXa bcaaXXaX
  • Stanza lengths (in strings): 8,8,8,
  • Closest metre: iambic pentameter
  • Сlosest rhyme: no rhyme
  • Сlosest stanza type: tercets
  • Guessed form: blank verse
  • Metre: 111010110101 10010111010 111110110100001 10100101011001 100010010101 111101101101 1101110111101 1111001001010 1110101101001 01010010001 111101100101 010110100101 11101001011110 01111100111 1100101111110 1111101001001 111111100101 1011010101 101001111110 01010010101010 0101001101001 10100100101110 11111111001111 1010011100101
  • Amount of stanzas: 3
  • Average number of symbols per stanza: 415
  • Average number of words per stanza: 79
  • Amount of lines: 24
  • Average number of symbols per line: 51 (strings are more long than medium ones)
  • Average number of words per line: 10
  • Mood of the speaker:

    The punctuation marks are various. Neither mark predominates.

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

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

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

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

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

Good luck in your poetry interpretation practice!

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