This is an analysis of the poem Bound No’th Blues that begins with:

Goin’ down the road, Lawd,
Goin’ down the road....

Elements of the verse: questions and answers

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  • Rhyme scheme: XaXaba cdcdad babaXa EaEaXa
  • Stanza lengths (in strings): 6,6,6,6,
  • Closest metre: iambic trimeter
  • Сlosest rhyme: limerick
  • Сlosest stanza type: tercets
  • Guessed form: unknown form
  • Metre: 11011 1101 1011 10101 101110 0111001 10111 100111 10101 10101 11101001 010111 10010 111001 1110010 1001011 1101111 1110111 1111 11001 1111 10101 1101011 110101
  • Amount of stanzas: 4
  • Average number of symbols per stanza: 149
  • Average number of words per stanza: 32
  • Amount of lines: 24
  • Average number of symbols per line: 24 (strings are less long than medium ones)
  • Average number of words per line: 5
  • 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; down, road, to, walk, hates, be, lonely are repeated.

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

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

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  • summary of Bound No’th Blues;
  • central theme;
  • idea of the verse;
  • history of its creation;
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