This is an analysis of the poem The Limitations Of Youth that begins with:

I'd like to be a cowboy an' ride a fiery hoss
Way out into the big an' boundless west;... full text

Elements of the verse: questions and answers

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  • Rhyme scheme: ababcccX dXdXaaaX ececcccX fefefffX
  • Stanza lengths (in strings): 8,8,8,8,
  • Closest metre: iambic pentameter
  • Сlosest rhyme: alternate rhyme
  • Сlosest stanza type: tercets
  • Guessed form: blank verse
  • Metre: 11000111101001 1100011101 11011100111101 11101110001 0110111 1110101 101010100010111 0111110 11010100110101 10101001101 1110101000101001 1101001111 110101 1010011 01110100010001 0111110 1110010010101 0011110101 1110010010110101 1101010101 0110011 1010111 101010101011101 0111110 101111111011111 1111011101 11010111110101 11111011111 111101 0110011 111011101110111 0111110
  • Amount of stanzas: 4
  • Average number of symbols per stanza: 354
  • Average number of words per stanza: 68
  • Amount of lines: 32
  • Average number of symbols per line: 43 (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; an', i'd, i, to, my, lick are repeated.

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

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

    The poet repeated the same word darsen't at the end of some neighboring stanzas. The poetic device is a kind of epiphora.

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  • summary of The Limitations Of Youth;
  • central theme;
  • idea of the verse;
  • history of its creation;
  • critical appreciation.

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