This is an analysis of the poem The Younger Son that begins with:

The Younger Son he's earned his bread in ways both hard and easy
From Parramatta to the Pole, from Yukon to Zambesi;...

Elements of the verse: questions and answers

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  • Rhyme scheme: XXaa bXCC ddbb bXCC eeaa bXaa
  • Stanza lengths (in strings): 4,4,4,4,4,4,
  • Closest metre: trochaic pentameter
  • Сlosest rhyme: limerick
  • Сlosest stanza type: sonnet
  • Guessed form: unknown form
  • Metre: 010111010111110 010000010110100 111010110111 1111001010010101 101011111010101 1100100110110 00110111010101 1011011010101 110100011101010 110101010100010 1101110101111 1110101110111 101011111110101 1010100011100 00110111010101 1011011010101 1101110011101110 111111011111010 111010110010101 11101011110101 10011111011101 1010101111100 1101011011001 101010111010101
  • Amount of stanzas: 6
  • Average number of symbols per stanza: 245
  • Average number of words per stanza: 47
  • Amount of lines: 24
  • Average number of symbols per line: 61 (very long strings)
  • Average number of words per line: 12
  • 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, to, in, time, it's, he's, left are repeated.

    The poet used anaphora at the beginnings of some neighboring lines. The same words and, he's are repeated.

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

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

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