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

Walking toward the library, I pass three children
staring down at a dead crow and daring each other...

Elements of the verse: questions and answers

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  • Rhyme scheme: aXbccdcXcdXeccXeddXbaXXXXX
  • Stanza lengths (in strings): 26,
  • Closest metre: trochaic pentameter
  • Сlosest rhyme: no rhyme
  • Сlosest stanza type: sonnet
  • Guessed form: unknown form
  • Metre: 1001011011110 1011011110110 010001 1110111010011 111011100010 111111101 10110010111 1011101011011 101110111011 000101010 101010010001010 10101010101100 1001010110110 110110101111 10101101111 010100 11001110101 1101011111 11101010111 110101010101 1001111 1111001011 110101001101 0111111011 101101010101 0100101
  • Amount of stanzas: 1
  • Average number of symbols per stanza: 1161
  • Average number of words per stanza: 214
  • Amount of lines: 26
  • 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.

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

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

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

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