This is an analysis of the poem The Fiddling Wood that begins with:

Gods, what a black, fierce day! The clouds were iron,
Wrenched to strange, rugged shapes; the red sun winked ... full text

Elements of the verse: questions and answers

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  • Rhyme scheme: abcXXX ddedXe Xcccfc cdXdcX cgagac cfhfch icicii bcdcbd abjbja
  • Stanza lengths (in strings): 6,6,6,6,6,6,6,6,6,
  • Closest metre: iambic pentameter
  • –°losest rhyme: enclosed rhyme
  • –°losest stanza type: tercets
  • Guessed form: blank verse
  • Metre: 11011101010 1011010111 1001100101 01010111010 10110100100 0101010111 11011101010 0101011101 11110100011 10010101101 11011101110 1101011101 01001101101000 1111011101 11110111111 0111010101 01111111010 11011010101 01110111010 0111000101 11010101110 1101000101 11010111110 101101001110 11011111110 10111001010 110101011010 10101001010 11011101111 010101000110 0101110011 001100111010 10011111010 01011000010 1101001111 11010111010 1101010101 0111011101 0101010011 11010101101 1001010101 1011010101 1101010101 0111011101 0100010101 110010110101 1011010011 1101010101 1011111101 1111011101 1001010111 1011011101 1101010111 1101010101
  • Amount of stanzas: 9
  • Average number of symbols per stanza: 294
  • Average number of words per stanza: 47
  • Amount of lines: 54
  • Average number of symbols per line: 48 (strings are more long than medium ones)
  • Average number of words per line: 8
  • Mood of the speaker:

    There are many exclamation marks in the poem. The speaker is excited. He or she has strong feelings on the subject that is described in the poem.

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

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

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

  • summary of The Fiddling Wood;
  • central theme;
  • idea of the verse;
  • history of its creation;
  • critical appreciation.

Good luck in your poetry interpretation practice!

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