This is an analysis of the poem The Old Road that begins with:

THE ROAD is left that once was trod
By man and heavy-laden beast;... full text

Elements of the verse: questions and answers

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  • Rhyme scheme: abab cdcd efef cdcd XaXa
  • Stanza lengths (in strings): 4,4,4,4,4,
  • Closest metre: iambic tetrameter
  • –°losest rhyme: alternate rhyme
  • –°losest stanza type: tercets
  • Guessed form: ballad stanza
  • Metre: 01011111 11110101 11110101 11010101 11011111 11111111 11010111 01111101 110111101 01110101 01010101 11110111 11110011 11011101 11111101 110101011 11010111 10110011 11111101 11110101
  • Amount of stanzas: 5
  • Average number of symbols per stanza: 146
  • Average number of words per stanza: 30
  • Amount of lines: 20
  • Average number of symbols per line: 36 (medium-length strings)
  • Average number of words per line: 8
  • Mood of the speaker:

    The punctuation marks are various. Neither mark predominates.

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

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

  • summary of The Old Road;
  • central theme;
  • idea of the verse;
  • history of its creation;
  • critical appreciation.

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