This is an analysis of the poem The Homeward Track that begins with:

Once a year we lumber southward with the clip from Yarradee;
Spell the bullocks in the township while we run our yearly spree.... full text

Elements of the verse: questions and answers

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  • Rhyme scheme: XXaaXXbb ccddXXbb ddeeffbb
  • Stanza lengths (in strings): 8,8,8,
  • Closest metre: iambic pentameter
  • –°losest rhyme: couplets
  • –°losest stanza type: tercets
  • Guessed form: heroic couplets
  • Metre: 10111010001010 101000101111101 101000111011111 111011101110111 101111101010101 111010101010101 111110101011111 111010101010101 111010101110101 101011101010001 101010100010101 101010101010101 111111101110111 111110101010101 101000111110111 101010101010101 101010101111101 111011101010101 101010101010111 011110101011101 101110111011111 101010101110101 011011101011111 101110101110101
  • Amount of stanzas: 3
  • Average number of symbols per stanza: 520
  • Average number of words per stanza: 99
  • Amount of lines: 24
  • Average number of symbols per line: 64 (very long strings)
  • Average number of words per line: 12
  • Mood of the speaker:

    The punctuation marks are various. Neither mark predominates.

  • The author used lexical repetitions to emphasize a significant image; and, of, our, when, in, to are repeated.

    The poet repeated the same word track 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 The Homeward Track;
  • central theme;
  • idea of the verse;
  • history of its creation;
  • critical appreciation.

Good luck in your poetry interpretation practice!

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