This is an analysis of the poem Pick Up That Broom And Sweep, Boy that begins with:

Pick up that broom and sweep, boy.
If you wanna eat....

Elements of the verse: questions and answers

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  • Rhyme scheme: ABXABXCC ABXACCCCBBX ABXACCCCBBX A BXCCbXXbXbbXXcbX XX X
  • Stanza lengths (in strings): 8,11,11,1,16,2,1,
  • Closest metre: iambic trimeter
  • –°losest rhyme: no rhyme
  • –°losest stanza type: sonnet
  • Guessed form: unknown form
  • Metre: 1111111 01101 110110 1111111 01101 110110 10111 111001 1111111 01101 110110 1111111 1111010111 10111 111001 1111 0111 11011111 111101010 1111111 01101 110110 1111111 1111010111 10111 111001 1111 0111 11011111 111101010 1111111 01101 110110 10111 111001 11110101111 01010101 11110 111 01010101 1001101 11110101 110110001 101111 1010111 101110 11100010 1101111 1111 110110
  • Amount of stanzas: 7
  • Average number of symbols per stanza: 202
  • Average number of words per stanza: 39
  • Amount of lines: 51
  • Average number of symbols per line: 27 (strings are less long than medium ones)
  • Average number of words per line: 5
  • Mood of the speaker:

    The punctuation marks are various. Neither mark predominates.

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

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

    The author used the same word pick at the beginnings of some neighboring stanzas. The figure of speech is a kind of anaphora.

    There is a poetic device epiphora at the end of some neighboring lines sweep, sleep are repeated).

    The poet repeated the same word sweepin' at the end of some neighboring stanzas. The poetic device is a kind of epiphora.

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  • history of its creation;
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