This is an analysis of the poem The Darkling Thrush that begins with:

I leant upon a coppice gate,
When Frost was spectre-gray, ... full text

Elements of the verse: questions and answers

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  • Rhyme scheme: ababbXbc bXXadbdb XeXXfgfg Xecehihi
  • Stanza lengths (in strings): 8,8,8,8,
  • Closest metre: iambic tetrameter
  • –°losest rhyme: rima
  • –°losest stanza type: tercets
  • Guessed form: unknown form
  • Metre: 110010101 111101 11011100 0100101 01011101 1101010 11111101 1111110 01110101 0100110 01010100 010101 01010111 110111 110010011 110011 11010101 011101 00110100 011000 1111111 011001 11010101 010101 11011100 010101 110101001 011101 11111101 010011 1111011 111101
  • Amount of stanzas: 4
  • Average number of symbols per stanza: 243
  • Average number of words per stanza: 42
  • Amount of lines: 32
  • Average number of symbols per line: 30 (strings are less long than medium ones)
  • Average number of words per line: 5
  • Mood of the speaker:

    The punctuation marks are various. Neither mark predominates.

  • The author used lexical repetitions to emphasize a significant image; and is repeated.

    The poet used anaphora at the beginnings of some neighboring lines. The same word the is repeated.

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

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