This is an analysis of the poem Songs For The People that begins with:

Let me make the songs for the people,
Songs for the old and young; ... full text

Elements of the verse: questions and answers

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  • Rhyme scheme: Xaba cded fgeg ebfX Xgcg faXa XhXh
  • Stanza lengths (in strings): 4,4,4,4,4,4,4,
  • Closest metre: iambic trimeter
  • –°losest rhyme: alternate rhyme
  • –°losest stanza type: tercets
  • Guessed form: unknown form
  • Metre: 111011010 110111 10110101 010111 11010010 110111 11010101 010101 111011010 0111011 11101110 1100101 11111010 011111 11001110 0110111 11110111 111111 00111010 111011 1111110 110111 01010110 010111 10011010 111111 10101110 100101
  • Amount of stanzas: 7
  • Average number of symbols per stanza: 128
  • Average number of words per stanza: 23
  • Amount of lines: 28
  • Average number of symbols per line: 32 (medium-length strings)
  • Average number of words per line: 6
  • Mood of the speaker:

    The punctuation marks are various. Neither mark predominates.

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

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

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

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