This is an analysis of the poem On The Oregon Trail that begins with:

We're the prairie pilgrim crew,
Sailin' with the sun,...

Elements of the verse: questions and answers

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  • Rhyme scheme: abcabc CXcddc decdec CdbaXb fdXfdX Cegaag bfhbfh CdXiic
  • Stanza lengths (in strings): 6,6,6,6,6,6,6,6,
  • Closest metre: iambic trimeter
  • –°losest rhyme: alternate rhyme
  • –°losest stanza type: tercets
  • Guessed form: unknown form
  • Metre: 1010101 10001 101010101 10010111 11101 100110101 011101 10101 101110001 1110111 1010101 101110011 1011111 11101 101110111 1011111 10111 111111011 011101 10101 101010001 1010101 1010101 111010111 1111101 11101 101111101 1010101 11111 100100110 011101 10101 101010101 1001111 1110101 111000101 1010101 10101 101011111 1110111 10111 111011101 011101 100101 1010101010 1110101 1111101 111011101
  • Amount of stanzas: 8
  • Average number of symbols per stanza: 188
  • Average number of words per stanza: 35
  • Amount of lines: 48
  • Average number of symbols per line: 31 (strings are less long than medium ones)
  • Average number of words per line: 6
  • Mood of the speaker:

    There are many exclamation marks in the poem. The speaker is excited. He or she has strong feelings on the subject that is described in the poem.

  • The author used lexical repetitions to emphasize a significant image; and, flag are repeated.

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

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

  • summary of On The Oregon Trail;
  • central theme;
  • idea of the verse;
  • history of its creation;
  • critical appreciation.

Good luck in your poetry interpretation practice!

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