This is an analysis of the poem To A Daughter Leaving Home that begins with:

When I taught you
at eight to ride...

Elements of the verse: questions and answers

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  • Rhyme scheme: abcadXcbbXcbdXaXXccXcXcd
  • Stanza lengths (in strings): 24,
  • Closest metre: iambic trimeter
  • –°losest rhyme: no rhyme
  • –°losest stanza type: sonnet
  • Guessed form: unknown form
  • Metre: 1111 1101 01001001 011 111001 1111 11110 001111 01101 1001 1110 101 01111 10011 111 101100 010 1010 11110 010 0110 01110 10010 11
  • Amount of stanzas: 1
  • Average number of symbols per stanza: 445
  • Average number of words per stanza: 80
  • Amount of lines: 24
  • Average number of symbols per line: 18 (very short strings)
  • Average number of words per line: 3
  • Mood of the speaker:

    The punctuation marks are various. Neither mark predominates.

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

  • summary of To A Daughter Leaving Home;
  • central theme;
  • idea of the verse;
  • history of its creation;
  • critical appreciation.

Good luck in your poetry interpretation practice!

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