This is an analysis of the poem Riding Hard On Their Backs that begins with:

Charading people under steeples,
On their knees praying to keep......

Elements of the verse: questions and answers

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  • Rhyme scheme: ABaXCCX DAC DACE ABaXCCX DACXDACE
  • Stanza lengths (in strings): 7,3,4,7,8,
  • Closest metre: iambic trimeter
  • –°losest rhyme: no rhyme
  • –°losest stanza type: tercets
  • Guessed form: unknown form
  • Metre: 100101010 1111001 1 111 111111 110011 00010111000 11110111 01110 10011011011 11110111 01110 10011011011 1111011101111 100101010 1111001 1 111 111111 110011 00010111000 11110111 01110 10011011011 11110111 01110 10011011011 1111011101111
  • Amount of stanzas: 6
  • Average number of symbols per stanza: 161
  • Average number of words per stanza: 28
  • Amount of lines: 28
  • Average number of symbols per line: 34 (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; they is repeated.

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

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

  • summary of Riding Hard On Their Backs;
  • central theme;
  • idea of the verse;
  • history of its creation;
  • critical appreciation.

Good luck in your poetry interpretation practice!

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