This is an analysis of the poem The Happy Household that begins with:

It's when the birds go piping and the daylight slowly breaks,
That, clamoring for his dinner, our precious baby wakes;... full text

Elements of the verse: questions and answers

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  • Rhyme scheme: aabbcaAac ddaacaaAc eeffcdddc aaggcaAAc
  • Stanza lengths (in strings): 9,9,9,9,
  • Closest metre: iambic tetrameter
  • Сlosest rhyme: rondeau rhyme
  • Сlosest stanza type: tercets
  • Guessed form: unknown form
  • Metre: 01011101011101 11001010110101 101111101011111 11110101010010 101101011000101 1101 1101 1111 111111 110111001011101 11111101011101 11011001110101 10010100011101 1101111110111 1011 1011 111 110111 11010101111101 01010111010011 11011101011101 01001101011111 11010111111111 1101 1101 1111 111111 01111001010101 001000101010101 01000101110101 111111000101001 11011100110101 1101 1101 111 1111111
  • Amount of stanzas: 4
  • Average number of symbols per stanza: 383
  • Average number of words per stanza: 72
  • Amount of lines: 36
  • Average number of symbols per line: 42 (strings are more long than medium ones)
  • 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; for, it's, dinner, laughs, and, that, cried, his are repeated.

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

    There is a poetic device epiphora at the end of some neighboring lines laughs, cried are repeated).

    The poet repeated the same word too at the end of some neighboring stanzas. The poetic device is a kind of epiphora.

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  • summary of The Happy Household;
  • central theme;
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  • history of its creation;
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