This is an analysis of the poem Elegy With A Bridle In Its Hand that begins with:

One was a bay cowhorse from Piedra & the other was a washed out palomino
And both stood at the rail of the corral & both went on aging...

Elements of the verse: questions and answers

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  • Rhyme scheme: Xab c dX cab eX e fgh ia e jXk lj eg ack m nkb l e XXb f nb n kXk k jao l eX kcj h enc d bm X Xoi mc lm k Xb
  • Stanza lengths (in strings): 3,1,2,3,2,1,3,2,1,3,2,2,3,1,3,1,1,3,1,2,1,3,1,3,1,2,3,1,3,1,2,1,3,2,2,1,2,
  • Closest metre: trochaic pentameter
  • –°losest rhyme: rondeau rhyme
  • –°losest stanza type: tercets
  • Guessed form: unknown form
  • Metre: 11011001001010111010 111101000111110 011001101101100001 01111010 1110111101010101100010 0101010110101100 1011111010010100001 0111101010010011101 11001100001101 00100111011010 1000000111010110011100 11001101100 0111110100100101010 011001010010001001101 10110101010110111 1101011010110011011 0011000111100001 0110001 0110010101101101 00011010001100101111 010011011110101 101110101011111101110 01010110111010101111 10011111101001111110100 1010010101100111100 110100111001011100 0100010111100110110 1110101010001010100 101010010010100 11001110101110100 101100111111010 10101011110011010 11010111101010011010110 1010001010010 010101111011110010 10101001011010 1101001111101011 11010010 11111000010011001 111111010111011110 0100110110101101 101010010001011111 1101100100010101100 01010011001010 101010101 01110101110011010111 10111110010010011010 1111111010010 10010100010 10110011100100101001 01101011111010 10101010111101110 0111010111010011010001 1010010011010101 111111001 11111010011011011 10101001010000100111 0001001010100011101 01100010010 1000110111000101011 11001011110111011100 10110010100 11101110110011 011010101101100110100 0011011111010010001 110101010100110 100010011001101110 10010010100100110 00111100100101 10101001101010010 110110111010001001 111011101001111101
  • Amount of stanzas: 37
  • Average number of symbols per stanza: 131
  • Average number of words per stanza: 24
  • Amount of lines: 72
  • Average number of symbols per line: 67 (very long strings)
  • Average number of words per line: 12
  • Mood of the speaker:

    The punctuation marks are various. Neither mark predominates.

  • The author used lexical repetitions to emphasize a significant image; of, as, to, details, would, i, when, it, they, worlds, and, his, he, watch, this, one, its are repeated.

    The poet used anaphora at the beginnings of some neighboring lines. The same word and is repeated.

    The author used the same words heaven, and at the beginnings of some neighboring stanzas. The figure of speech is a kind of anaphora.

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  • summary of Elegy With A Bridle In Its Hand;
  • central theme;
  • idea of the verse;
  • history of its creation;
  • critical appreciation.

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