This is an analysis of the poem The Long Way that begins with:

Two miles of ridin' from the school, without a bit of trouble—
The main road hit her father's ranch as straight as you could fall....

Elements of the verse: questions and answers

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  • Rhyme scheme: aaaa baba cdcd dede fgfg XXhh
  • Stanza lengths (in strings): 4,4,4,4,4,4,
  • Closest metre: iambic pentameter
  • Сlosest rhyme: rima
  • Сlosest stanza type: sonnet
  • Guessed form: blank verse
  • Metre: 1100100010101010 01110101111111 110101011101010 11000101110111 0110111100010 11010101011101 010111000101010 110111010100101 010110011001010 01110101110101 11011101111010 11110101010101 0110111101110 11011100111101 110110010101110 11011101010101 011111010101011 01110101010101 11000110111011 11011111011001 0110110111100 1111101010110101 1101101011101010 11110101010001
  • Amount of stanzas: 6
  • Average number of symbols per stanza: 235
  • Average number of words per stanza: 45
  • Amount of lines: 24
  • Average number of symbols per line: 58 (very long strings)
  • Average number of words per line: 11
  • Mood of the speaker:

    The punctuation marks are various. Neither mark predominates.

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

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

    The author used the same word the at the beginnings of some neighboring stanzas. The figure of speech is a kind of anaphora.

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

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

Good luck in your poetry interpretation practice!

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