This is an analysis of the poem Old Settler's Song that begins with:

Tune, 'Way down upon the Swanee River'.
Right here, where Indian fires were lighted,... full text

Elements of the verse: questions and answers

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  • Rhyme scheme: X ababbaba acXcdada eaeafXfXXdedebaba
  • Stanza lengths (in strings): 1,8,8,17,
  • Closest metre: trochaic tetrameter
  • –°losest rhyme: limerick
  • –°losest stanza type: sonnet
  • Guessed form: unknown form
  • Metre: 1110101110 11110010010 1101 110111010 110011 111001011 10111 110101011 1000101 110111110 1101 111110100 101101 10001110 11101 100101010 101111 110111110 1101 110011010 1111111 10100011 111001 111101011 10111110 110111010 1101 110111010 111111 101001111 111101 110101111 1000101
  • Amount of stanzas: 5
  • Average number of symbols per stanza: 217
  • Average number of words per stanza: 39
  • Amount of lines: 33
  • Average number of symbols per line: 32 (medium-length strings)
  • Average number of words per line: 6
  • Mood of the speaker:

    The punctuation marks are various. Neither mark predominates.

  • The author used lexical repetitions to emphasize a significant image; to, you, and are repeated.

    The poet repeated the same word land 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 Old Settler's Song;
  • central theme;
  • idea of the verse;
  • history of its creation;
  • critical appreciation.

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