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

Look at 'em! Toffs with their big cigars,
Drivin' along in their motor cars.... full text

Elements of the verse: questions and answers

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  • Rhyme scheme: aaaXbb ccddee XXffXX ggcchh
  • Stanza lengths (in strings): 6,6,6,6,
  • Closest metre: iambic pentameter
  • –°losest rhyme: couplets
  • –°losest stanza type: tercets
  • Guessed form: heroic couplets
  • Metre: 110101101 100101101 101110101 1011101101 10110110111 10110110111 111111101 1110110101 10100101 1100100101 1011101111 101101111 111101100 0110100111 000110100 1011100111 1111111111 1111101111 0110101001 111101111 1011101101 0110011111 011101111 10100101111
  • Amount of stanzas: 4
  • Average number of symbols per stanza: 248
  • Average number of words per stanza: 51
  • Amount of lines: 24
  • Average number of symbols per line: 40 (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; their, an' are repeated.

    The poet used anaphora at the beginnings of some neighboring lines. The same word when is repeated.

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

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

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