This is an analysis of the poem Griggsby's Station that begins with:

Pap's got his patent-right, and rich is all creation;
But where's the peace and comfort that we all had before?... full text

Elements of the verse: questions and answers

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  • Rhyme scheme: abAB cXcX dede AbaB XfXf agag AbaB XaXa cbcbXabAB
  • Stanza lengths (in strings): 4,4,4,4,4,4,4,4,9,
  • Closest metre: trochaic pentameter
  • –°losest rhyme: enclosed rhyme
  • –°losest stanza type: tercets
  • Guessed form: unknown form
  • Metre: 1101011101010 1101110111101 110100101010 111100110111 010101010101010 01100111010101 1011001010101010 110101010111000 110101110010 11010101011101 11101101101010 11110011110111 110100101010 11011010001 110101010110010 111100110111 11010100011110 01010101010111 1110101011101110 111101011101 1101011011010 111010101110101 110101001111010 101101010010101 110100101010 111101000101 10110010101010 111100110111 11011001100010 11011100011111 111001000111110 11111101110101 111010101011010 1111011111101 01111011101010 1111010101001 101011111010 11011100010101 110100101010 111100110111
  • Amount of stanzas: 10
  • Average number of symbols per stanza: 217
  • Average number of words per stanza: 43
  • Amount of lines: 40
  • Average number of symbols per line: 53 (very long strings)
  • Average number of words per line: 11
  • 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, city, us, back, to, her are repeated.

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

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

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