This is an analysis of the poem Gulls that begins with:

When the mist drives past and the wind blows high,
And the harbour lights are dim--...

Elements of the verse: questions and answers

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  • Rhyme scheme: ABAAb cdccd cecce faffaXABAAb
  • Stanza lengths (in strings): 5,5,5,11,
  • Closest metre: iambic tetrameter
  • Сlosest rhyme: alternate rhyme
  • Сlosest stanza type: sonnet
  • Guessed form: ballad stanza
  • Metre: 1011110111 1010111 111101111 011100111 0010101 1100100101 0101101 110101101 0111011001 1110101 1110100111 1100101 101100101 1001111001 1101101 1101101001 1111111 111110111 101010101 1011111 1011110111 1010111 111101111 011100111 0010101
  • Amount of stanzas: 5
  • Average number of symbols per stanza: 191
  • Average number of words per stanza: 36
  • Amount of lines: 25
  • Average number of symbols per line: 37 (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; and is repeated.

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

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

  • summary of Gulls;
  • central theme;
  • idea of the verse;
  • history of its creation;
  • critical appreciation.

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