This is an analysis of the poem Faugh-A-Ballagh (Clear The Way!) that begins with:

O far o'er the ocean and far from old Ireland
Stubborn the work that is doing today:...

Elements of the verse: questions and answers

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  • Rhyme scheme: abCbDDCB XbXbDDCBXabcbDDCB
  • Stanza lengths (in strings): 8,17,
  • Closest metre: trochaic tetrameter
  • Сlosest rhyme: alternate rhyme
  • Сlosest stanza type: sonnet
  • Guessed form: unknown form
  • Metre: 11100101101100 1001101001 11011011110 100101101 10101111 100111001 11011011110 100100101 10010110010 1001011101 11111010010 100110101 10101111 100111001 11011011110 100100101 10010110110 1011001011 11011011110 100101101 10101111 100111001 11011011110 100100101
  • Amount of stanzas: 3
  • Average number of symbols per stanza: 336
  • Average number of words per stanza: 64
  • Amount of lines: 24
  • Average number of symbols per line: 41 (medium-length strings)
  • Average number of words per line: 8
  • 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 is repeated.

    The poet repeated the same word way at the end of some neighboring stanzas. The poetic device is a kind of epiphora.

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

  • summary of Faugh-A-Ballagh (Clear The Way!);
  • central theme;
  • idea of the verse;
  • history of its creation;
  • critical appreciation.

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