This is an analysis of the poem Western that begins with:

The Cowboy had a sterling heart,
The Maiden was from Boston,... full text

Elements of the verse: questions and answers

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  • Rhyme scheme: abab cdcd efef XgXg hdhd
  • Stanza lengths (in strings): 4,4,4,4,4,
  • Closest metre: iambic tetrameter
  • –°losest rhyme: alternate rhyme
  • –°losest stanza type: tercets
  • Guessed form: ballad stanza
  • Metre: 01110101 0101010 01010101 0101111 01010101 0111010 01011101 0101110 01001111 0111010 01110101 0101110 01010101 0101010 010011110 0011010 01010101 0101110 01010101 1101110
  • Amount of stanzas: 5
  • Average number of symbols per stanza: 124
  • Average number of words per stanza: 23
  • Amount of lines: 20
  • Average number of symbols per line: 30 (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 Western;
  • central theme;
  • idea of the verse;
  • history of its creation;
  • critical appreciation.

Good luck in your poetry interpretation practice!

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