This is an analysis of the poem The Joy Ride that begins with:

Ah Gawd! It makes me sick to think
Of what I 'eard an' seen;... full text

Elements of the verse: questions and answers

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  • Rhyme scheme: abXbcb deXefe XdcdfX fbdbgb ehhhfh cdXdXd hieidi ajbjij ckckgX leleXe Xclcec kchcgc XdhdcX hhghgh hglgXg liXiXi jdcdhX
  • Stanza lengths (in strings): 6,6,6,6,6,6,6,6,6,6,6,6,6,6,6,6,6,
  • Closest metre: iambic trimeter
  • –°losest rhyme: alternate rhyme
  • –°losest stanza type: tercets
  • Guessed form: unknown form
  • Metre: 11011101 011111 11010111 010101 11111101 010101 11011101 110101 11011101 010001 10010101 010101 11110111 110111 11110101 010101 11011101 110101 11010101 011110 01111101 011001 11010111 110111 11011101 110101 10010111 111101 11111101 111101 01111111 111101 11111111 111111 111111111 110111 11010101 110011 11010111 110111 11111101 111101 01011101 111101 11110100 110111 11010101 111101 11111111 101101 11111101 111101 11010111 111100 11110101 111111 11110111 010101 11010111 111111 11011111 011111 11011101 011101 11110111 111001 10110111 101111 01110101 110101 11010101 110111 11111010 111101 11010111 11111 11111101 111101 11011111 101101 11110011 110111 01011101 011101 11011101 111101 0110111 110101 11010111 110101 11010101 111111 11110101 110111 11110101 110101 11111111 011111 11101111 11111 01110111 111101
  • Amount of stanzas: 17
  • Average number of symbols per stanza: 181
  • Average number of words per stanza: 37
  • Amount of lines: 102
  • Average number of symbols per line: 29 (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; i, an', 'er, on are repeated.

    The poet used anaphora at the beginnings of some neighboring lines. The same words an', they, wot, a, i are repeated.

    The author used the same word i at the beginnings of some neighboring stanzas. The figure of speech is a kind of anaphora.

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

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