This is an analysis of the poem Five Towns On The B. & O. that begins with:

BY day ... tireless smokestacks ... hungry smoky shanties hanging to the slopes ... crooning: We get by, that's all.
By night ... all lit up ......

Elements of the verse: questions and answers

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  • Rhyme scheme: XX
  • Stanza lengths (in strings): 2,
  • Closest metre: trochaic pentameter
  • Сlosest rhyme: no rhyme
  • Сlosest stanza type: tercets
  • Guessed form: unknown form
  • Metre: 1110011101010100011011111 11111101110111010100101111011011011110011111
  • Amount of stanzas: 1
  • Average number of symbols per stanza: 315
  • Average number of words per stanza: 51
  • Amount of lines: 2
  • Average number of symbols per line: 157 (very long strings)
  • Average number of words per line: 26
  • Mood of the speaker:

    There are many three dots in the poem. Readers should think of the author's idea together with the pensive speaker.

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

  • summary of Five Towns On The B. & O.;
  • central theme;
  • idea of the verse;
  • history of its creation;
  • critical appreciation.

Good luck in your poetry interpretation practice!

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