This is an analysis of the poem Song Of The Rail that begins with:

Oh, an ugly thing is an iron rail,
Black, with its face to the dust.... full text

Elements of the verse: questions and answers

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  • Rhyme scheme: abaaab cdcccd eaeeeaXeaeeea
  • Stanza lengths (in strings): 6,6,13,
  • Closest metre: iambic tetrameter
  • –°losest rhyme: alternate rhyme
  • –°losest stanza type: tercets
  • Guessed form: ballad stanza
  • Metre: 1110101101 1001001 10100101111 01001011001 10110111001 10100101 0101001001 0100101 1011100111 1010110111 10100100101 1100101 1010110111 11001101 010011101 100101111 1010010111 00101001 01110011001 0100101 010010110001 111100101 1011100101 11011001
  • Amount of stanzas: 4
  • Average number of symbols per stanza: 237
  • Average number of words per stanza: 48
  • Amount of lines: 24
  • Average number of symbols per line: 39 (medium-length strings)
  • Average number of words per line: 8
  • Mood of the speaker:

    The punctuation marks are various. Neither mark predominates.

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

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

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

  • summary of Song Of The Rail;
  • central theme;
  • idea of the verse;
  • history of its creation;
  • critical appreciation.

Good luck in your poetry interpretation practice!

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