This is an analysis of the poem The Old Cow Man that begins with:

I rode across a valley range
I hadn't seen for years....

Elements of the verse: questions and answers

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  • Rhyme scheme: ababcdcdEfghcbcbgigijkjkEflfhjhjmjmjngngefXfclcljgjgccXcEfifcXcb
  • Stanza lengths (in strings): 64,
  • Closest metre: iambic tetrameter
  • –°losest rhyme: shakespearean sonnet
  • –°losest stanza type: sonnet
  • Guessed form: unknown form
  • Metre: 11010101 110110 01111111 010101 11011101 010111 11111111 110101 10111 10100010 01010101 110101 11110101 110101 11011101 110111 10011101 011111 01010101 010011 01110101 110111 11110101 111101 10111 11101010 1101010101 1101010 111111001 110001 11010111 110101 11111101 110100 01010111 100101 11101101 111111 0111111 011101 10111 11101010 01110101 0111010 01010101 110101 11110101 110101 11111111 010101 11101101 110111 11011111 1010111 11011101 111100 10111 11101010 11011101 1111010 11011111 001101 10111101 110111
  • Amount of stanzas: 1
  • Average number of symbols per stanza: 1972
  • Average number of words per stanza: 380
  • Amount of lines: 64
  • Average number of symbols per line: 30 (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; squeak, i are repeated.

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

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

  • summary of The Old Cow Man;
  • central theme;
  • idea of the verse;
  • history of its creation;
  • critical appreciation.

Good luck in your poetry interpretation practice!

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