This is an analysis of the poem The Rock-A-By Lady that begins with:

The Rock-a-By Lady from Hushaby street
Comes stealing; comes creeping;... full text

Elements of the verse: questions and answers

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  • Rhyme scheme: aBaaab cXcccX dbdddbXabaaaB
  • Stanza lengths (in strings): 6,6,13,
  • Closest metre: iambic tetrameter
  • Сlosest rhyme: limerick
  • Сlosest stanza type: tercets
  • Guessed form: unknown form
  • Metre: 01011001001 110110 01011001001 11101101011 1100100111 1110110 101101001001 1001001 101101001101 1111101011 0101111111 1010110 11011011101 010110 11101011001 101101011101 11111101011 010110 111111111011 110110 11011111011 101011001001 01011001001 110110
  • Amount of stanzas: 4
  • Average number of symbols per stanza: 248
  • Average number of words per stanza: 47
  • Amount of lines: 24
  • Average number of symbols per line: 40 (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; and, that, up are repeated.

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

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