This is an analysis of the poem The Night Herder that begins with:

I laughed when the dawn was a-peepin'
And swore in the blaze of the noon,...

Elements of the verse: questions and answers

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  • Rhyme scheme: XaXaBbXa XcXcBbXc dedeBbde dfdfBbdfXfafaBbfa
  • Stanza lengths (in strings): 8,8,8,17,
  • Closest metre: trochaic tetrameter
  • –°losest rhyme: alternate rhyme
  • –°losest stanza type: sonnet
  • Guessed form: unknown form
  • Metre: 111011010 11001001 110010010 0101001 01101101 01001101 1011010110 101011001 110010110 11001011 111110010 101001001 01101101 001101101 110011110 001011001 1011011110 101011001 0011011010 101001011 01101101 101111111 110010010 101011011 0010110110 01011101 111011110 11111110 01101101 11111011 110110110 11101001 110110110 01011001 110110110 11011011 01101101 11101101 0011010110 101101001
  • Amount of stanzas: 5
  • Average number of symbols per stanza: 281
  • Average number of words per stanza: 55
  • Amount of lines: 40
  • Average number of symbols per line: 34 (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; away, and, as are repeated.

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

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