This is an analysis of the poem Blue Squills that begins with:

How many million Aprils came
   Before I ever knew ... full text

Elements of the verse: questions and answers

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  • Rhyme scheme: Xaba Xbcb XcXc XaXa
  • Stanza lengths (in strings): 4,4,4,4,
  • Closest metre: trochaic tetrameter
  • –°losest rhyme: alternate rhyme
  • –°losest stanza type: tercets
  • Guessed form: unknown form
  • Metre: 11010101 101101 11010110 110111 11001010 110101 010110010 1011001 11101101 1111110 10011101 10010010 1101011001 111111 11111101 110101
  • Amount of stanzas: 4
  • Average number of symbols per stanza: 161
  • Average number of words per stanza: 24
  • Amount of lines: 16
  • Average number of symbols per line: 40 (medium-length strings)
  • Average number of words per line: 6
  • Mood of the speaker:

    The punctuation marks are various. Neither mark predominates.

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

    The poet used anaphora at the beginnings of some neighboring lines. The same words oh, o are repeated.

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

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

Good luck in your poetry interpretation practice!

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