This is an analysis of the poem To Be A Bird that begins with:

I wish that I could be a bird
That I could fly, that I could sing,...

Elements of the verse: questions and answers

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  • Rhyme scheme: Abcad XeXbcfcfaA fcXabagegXdA
  • Stanza lengths (in strings): 5,10,12,
  • Closest metre: trochaic tetrameter
  • –°losest rhyme: alternate rhyme
  • –°losest stanza type: sonnet
  • Guessed form: unknown form
  • Metre: 11111001 11111111 111101001 1110101001 11001 1111000 1011010 1010011 1110101 111000100100 1001101 11100101 01010 10011000101 11111001 11100101101 100100111010 101111 01001011 101010 01110001 1111001 11011110 10101101 101011111010010 11110001010 11111001
  • Amount of stanzas: 3
  • Average number of symbols per stanza: 309
  • Average number of words per stanza: 60
  • Amount of lines: 27
  • Average number of symbols per line: 33 (medium-length strings)
  • Average number of words per line: 7
  • Mood of the speaker:

    The punctuation marks are various. Neither mark predominates.

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

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

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

    The poet repeated the same word bird at the end of some neighboring stanzas. The poetic device is a kind of epiphora.

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  • summary of To Be A Bird;
  • central theme;
  • idea of the verse;
  • history of its creation;
  • critical appreciation.

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