This is an analysis of the poem At Play that begins with:

Play that you are mother dear,
And play that papa is your beau;... full text

Elements of the verse: questions and answers

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  • Rhyme scheme: ababbcBCcc XcXcbcbCcc dedebcBCcc
  • Stanza lengths (in strings): 10,10,10,
  • Closest metre: iambic tetrameter
  • Сlosest rhyme: couplets
  • Сlosest stanza type: sonnet
  • Guessed form: unknown form
  • Metre: 1111101 11110011 111100101 11110101 1011101 111101110 1111011001 1111011001 101101111 10101101 111111101 11111101 111010010 100110101 101110111 0011100110 111011001 1111011001 11101111 0010011101 111110101 1111101101 011010011 1010110011 101111101 111110111 1111011001 1111011001 110011111 11110101
  • Amount of stanzas: 3
  • Average number of symbols per stanza: 374
  • Average number of words per stanza: 76
  • Amount of lines: 30
  • Average number of symbols per line: 36 (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; play, that, you, to, i, love, say, your are repeated.

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

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

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  • summary of At Play;
  • central theme;
  • idea of the verse;
  • history of its creation;
  • critical appreciation.

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