This is an analysis of the poem The Sick Stockrider that begins with:

Hold hard, Ned! Lift me down once more, and lay me in the shade.
Old man, you've had your work cut out to guide ... full text

Elements of the verse: questions and answers

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  • Rhyme scheme: aaaabcbcdedeXfgfbhbhbibibabajkjXekeklalababa jijiimimdgdgnXnj mama imimmomo gigipapaXakakfifi
  • Stanza lengths (in strings): 44,16,4,8,17,
  • Closest metre: iambic pentameter
  • –°losest rhyme: rima
  • –°losest stanza type: sonnet
  • Guessed form: blank verse
  • Metre: 11111111111001 1111111101 11010110010111 1101110101 0111000001011111 0111010101 111000111100101 11101011101 11011100110101 1100011101 0101100000011101 10110110101 11010101110100 1101010101 001100111011111 11110010101 110110100111001 10111011111 11110101111101 1001110111 11000101010101 01011101001 11010111110111 10100010101 11010101110101 0101110101 00101001110100101 10101110111 111010010101000101 11100100101 101111101011101 001010000110000 101000101010101 10101011111 101010111110101 10101010111 11010111011101 10100110101 111011101010011 00101011101 111000101011101 11101010111 11011110110101 0101010111 0110110101111111 1101110101 1001110101011101 1111110111 110111100101001 1101010111 11010111110101 0111111101 111110101110001 0101010101 101110100010001 1100111111 11011101110101 0010001010100 110001010100101 10101110111 111111101010001 0101111101 101011101110101 1100010111 11110111111101 1101010101 11110101011101 11111010101 10011101110101 1111010011 111011100110101 10101111111 01111101011111 0101110111 11010111010111 1101011111 111000101010101 0101110111 1010101010110111 11101010101 11011111111101 1111010111 110111000011101 10101010101 10010110010101 0101011101 11111101010101 1001011111
  • Amount of stanzas: 6
  • Average number of symbols per stanza: 813
  • Average number of words per stanza: 147
  • Amount of lines: 88
  • Average number of symbols per line: 55 (very long strings)
  • Average number of words per line: 10
  • Mood of the speaker:

    The punctuation marks are various. Neither mark predominates.

  • The author used lexical repetitions to emphasize a significant image; me, and, you, at, for, of, i, as are repeated.

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

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

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