This is an analysis of the poem What The Auld Fowk Are Thinkin that begins with:

The bairns i' their beds, worn oot wi' nae wark,
Are sleepin, nor ever an eelid winkin;...

Elements of the verse: questions and answers

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  • Rhyme scheme: aXab XXab XXXb cXcb dXdb
  • Stanza lengths (in strings): 4,4,4,4,4,
  • Closest metre: trochaic pentameter
  • Сlosest rhyme: no rhyme
  • Сlosest stanza type: tercets
  • Guessed form: unknown form
  • Metre: 0111111111 11011011010 01111111101 101111011110 11111001011 10110110110 01111101101 1011011011110 101111101101 1010111100110 11011011011 110011011110 10110100111 010111111010 101111011001 10011011110 10111101001 111011011010 111101111 0111111110
  • Amount of stanzas: 5
  • Average number of symbols per stanza: 195
  • Average number of words per stanza: 37
  • Amount of lines: 20
  • Average number of symbols per line: 48 (strings are more long than medium ones)
  • Average number of words per line: 9
  • Mood of the speaker:

    The punctuation marks are various. Neither mark predominates.

  • The author used lexical repetitions to emphasize a significant image; fowk is repeated.

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

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

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

  • summary of What The Auld Fowk Are Thinkin;
  • central theme;
  • idea of the verse;
  • history of its creation;
  • critical appreciation.

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