This is an analysis of the poem A Folk Song that begins with:

I came to your town, my love,
   And you were away, away! ... full text

Elements of the verse: questions and answers

The information we provided is prepared by means of a special computer program. Use the criteria sheet to understand greatest poems or improve your poetry analysis essay.

  • Rhyme scheme: ABcbcXDeeB ABcbfXDffB ABXbgXDggB
  • Stanza lengths (in strings): 10,10,10,
  • Closest metre: iambic tetrameter
  • Сlosest rhyme: no rhyme
  • Сlosest stanza type: sonnet
  • Guessed form: unknown form
  • Metre: 1101111 1100101 111000110 1101111 11100111 01001110 11010 111010101 010011101 1100101 1101111 1100101 111000101 1101111 11100101 01001010 11010 111010101 010111111 1100101 1101111 1100101 111000111 1110101 11001101 1111010110 11010 111110111 010111111 1100101
  • Amount of stanzas: 3
  • Average number of symbols per stanza: 399
  • Average number of words per stanza: 66
  • Amount of lines: 30
  • Average number of symbols per line: 39 (medium-length strings)
  • Average number of words per line: 7
  • 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; away, to, you are repeated.

    The poet used anaphora at the beginnings of some neighboring lines. The same word they 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.

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

    The literary device anadiplosis is detected in two or more neighboring lines. The word/phrase they connects the lines.

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

  • summary of A Folk Song;
  • central theme;
  • idea of the verse;
  • history of its creation;
  • critical appreciation.

Good luck in your poetry interpretation practice!

More information about poems by Jessie Mackay