This is an analysis of the poem Little Boy Blue that begins with:

The little toy dog is covered with dust,
But sturdy and stanch he stands;... full text

Elements of the verse: questions and answers

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  • Rhyme scheme: ababcdcd eXebfcfc egegcdcd
  • Stanza lengths (in strings): 8,8,8,
  • Closest metre: iambic tetrameter
  • –°losest rhyme: alternate rhyme
  • –°losest stanza type: tercets
  • Guessed form: ballad stanza
  • Metre: 0101101001 1101111 10101100101 10101001 1110101111 10101101 11101111011 101101 101111110011 1011110100 110100101 1100101 1111101101 01011011 1001100011 10101111 1100101111 100111 0100100101 0100101 11101101101 00101101 1101011011 11101101
  • Amount of stanzas: 3
  • Average number of symbols per stanza: 311
  • Average number of words per stanza: 59
  • Amount of lines: 24
  • Average number of symbols per line: 38 (medium-length strings)
  • Average number of words per line: 7
  • Mood of the speaker:

    The punctuation marks are various. Neither mark predominates.

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

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

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

  • summary of Little Boy Blue;
  • central theme;
  • idea of the verse;
  • history of its creation;
  • critical appreciation.

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