This is an analysis of the poem Skipper Ireson's Ride that begins with:

Of all the rides since the birth of time,
Told in story or sung in rhyme, -... full text

Elements of the verse: questions and answers

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  • Rhyme scheme: aabbccddEED ffeegghhXXX bbbbiiggXXX jjccaaXhEED XXddjjjjEED ddjjddhhXXX ddkkaaiiXXX ddhhccdXeED jXhXbbhheED
  • Stanza lengths (in strings): 11,11,11,11,11,11,11,11,11,
  • Closest metre: trochaic tetrameter
  • –°losest rhyme: couplets
  • –°losest stanza type: sonnet
  • Guessed form: unknown form
  • Metre: 010110101 10101101 1100101 111100101 10100101 01101110 010111011 110010101 111001011 1110110001 10100101 10010101 10110111 1011001001 101001001 1010111 10101101 11110101 101100101 101101011 101100110001 10101100 1010111 1010111 1111111 1011011 1010101 10101101 011101111 101100101 101101011 101100110001 10101100 110111101 001010101 10100101 001110101 11111101 1110111 10110110 111110111 111001011 1110110001 10100101 1010110 11111000 10110111 10010101 100101101 110101110 100110111 0010101101 111001011 1110110001 10100101 1011101 1110111 1110111 1010111 11100101 10110101 11111111 110100101 101101011 101100110001 10101100 10010101 10101111 10010101 0011110111 10100101 1110010111 10110101 01010111 101101011 101100110001 10101100 11101111 10100101 10011101 0010101101 101101101 110100101 111111101 0101101001 1111001011 1110110001 10100101 1010010111 11111111 1111100101 1010101111 1011001101 111101111 111010110 1110100111 111001011 1110110001 10100101
  • Amount of stanzas: 9
  • Average number of symbols per stanza: 406
  • Average number of words per stanza: 76
  • Amount of lines: 99
  • Average number of symbols per line: 36 (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; of, and, him are repeated.

    The poet used anaphora at the beginnings of some neighboring lines. The same words said, and are repeated.

    The poet repeated the same words ', marblehead 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 Skipper Ireson's Ride;
  • central theme;
  • idea of the verse;
  • history of its creation;
  • critical appreciation.

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