This is an analysis of the poem A Song [o Heart Of Mine-If I Were But A Swallow] that begins with:

O heart of mine-if I were but a swallow-
A thing so fearless, swift of flight, and free-...

Elements of the verse: questions and answers

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  • Rhyme scheme: abab cdcd
  • Stanza lengths (in strings): 4,4,
  • Closest metre: trochaic pentameter
  • –°losest rhyme: alternate rhyme
  • –°losest stanza type: tercets
  • Guessed form: unknown form
  • Metre: 11010101010 0111010111 11100111110 111101 01011001010 1101110101 11011111010 111100
  • Amount of stanzas: 2
  • Average number of symbols per stanza: 160
  • Average number of words per stanza: 31
  • Amount of lines: 8
  • Average number of symbols per line: 39 (medium-length strings)
  • Average number of words per line: 8
  • Mood of the speaker:

    The punctuation marks are various. Neither mark predominates.

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

  • summary of A Song [o Heart Of Mine-If I Were But A Swallow];
  • central theme;
  • idea of the verse;
  • history of its creation;
  • critical appreciation.

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