This is an analysis of the poem Night Subway that begins with:

The nurse coming off her shift at the psychiatric ward
nodding over the Post, her surprisingly delicate legs...

Elements of the verse: questions and answers

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  • Rhyme scheme: abbaXbaXXXbXX Xccb Xc
  • Stanza lengths (in strings): 13,4,2,
  • Closest metre: trochaic pentameter
  • –°losest rhyme: no rhyme
  • –°losest stanza type: sonnet
  • Guessed form: unknown form
  • Metre: 01101011010101 101001001001001 101010111010 101010110010 1010101101011 010001001110 100100010101 1010110110111 1001101100 0111101011010 1101111101010 10101111001 10110111101 111010110101 110110111001 0110101101001 11100100100 11001110 010001101101001
  • Amount of stanzas: 3
  • Average number of symbols per stanza: 318
  • Average number of words per stanza: 56
  • Amount of lines: 19
  • Average number of symbols per line: 49 (strings are more long than medium ones)
  • Average number of words per line: 9
  • Mood of the speaker:

    The punctuation marks are various. Neither mark predominates.

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

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

  • summary of Night Subway;
  • central theme;
  • idea of the verse;
  • history of its creation;
  • critical appreciation.

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