This is an analysis of the poem Ridden Down that begins with:

When I taught Ida how to ride a
Bicycle that night,... full text

Elements of the verse: questions and answers

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  • Rhyme scheme: abXXbb acXcbb
  • Stanza lengths (in strings): 6,6,
  • Closest metre: iambic tetrameter
  • –°losest rhyme: rima
  • –°losest stanza type: tercets
  • Guessed form: unknown form
  • Metre: 111101010 10011 110101010 10110 11011001 11011101 111101110 10101 111000010 10111 01001101 11011101
  • Amount of stanzas: 2
  • Average number of symbols per stanza: 174
  • Average number of words per stanza: 35
  • Amount of lines: 12
  • Average number of symbols per line: 28 (strings are less long than medium ones)
  • Average number of words per line: 6
  • Mood of the speaker:

    The punctuation marks are various. Neither mark predominates.

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

  • summary of Ridden Down;
  • central theme;
  • idea of the verse;
  • history of its creation;
  • critical appreciation.

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