This is an analysis of the poem The Traveled Man that begins with:

Sometimes I wish the railroads all were torn out,
The ships all sunk among the coral strands. ... full text

Elements of the verse: questions and answers

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  • Rhyme scheme: abab cbcX Xded fefe ghgh afaf idid
  • Stanza lengths (in strings): 4,4,4,4,4,4,4,
  • Closest metre: iambic pentameter
  • –°losest rhyme: rima
  • –°losest stanza type: tercets
  • Guessed form: blank verse
  • Metre: 01110111011 0111010101 11110101111 0101110101 11010111010 1111010101 01111101010 11110111110 01011101100 1101010001 01011101110 1001010111 11011101110 0001010101 11010111110 0101110101 11010111010 0101011111 11001101010 11001111101 11011101001 11000111001 11010100010 1101010011 11010101010 1110010101 11111101010 1111010111
  • Amount of stanzas: 7
  • Average number of symbols per stanza: 176
  • Average number of words per stanza: 32
  • Amount of lines: 28
  • Average number of symbols per line: 43 (strings are more long than medium ones)
  • 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; so, they are repeated.

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

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

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