This is an analysis of the poem Nature's Questioning that begins with:

WHEN I look forth at dawning, pool,
Field, flock, and lonely tree,... full text

Elements of the verse: questions and answers

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  • Rhyme scheme: abba cddX eaae XffX cddc XffXXbddb
  • Stanza lengths (in strings): 4,4,4,4,4,9,
  • Closest metre: iambic tetrameter
  • –°losest rhyme: enclosed rhyme
  • –°losest stanza type: tercets
  • Guessed form: unknown form
  • Metre: 11111101 111101 110111 110101010001 11010111 110101 101101 1101001111100 11010101 101101 111111 110101011111 101110000 100111 110001 110111110100 1011010101 110011 111101 011101011111 10001111100 111101 010110 10011101010100 110111001 110111 111111 110111011101
  • Amount of stanzas: 7
  • Average number of symbols per stanza: 167
  • Average number of words per stanza: 25
  • Amount of lines: 28
  • Average number of symbols per line: 43 (strings are more long than medium ones)
  • 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; to, of, and are repeated.

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

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  • summary of Nature's Questioning;
  • central theme;
  • idea of the verse;
  • history of its creation;
  • critical appreciation.

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