This is an analysis of the poem Santa Claus that begins with:

When my mother is n't here,
And I just won't go to bed,... full text

Elements of the verse: questions and answers

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  • Rhyme scheme: ababccdD efefdddd bbbbdddd dgdgaadd hghgiidd XjhjeedD
  • Stanza lengths (in strings): 8,8,8,8,8,8,
  • Closest metre: iambic tetrameter
  • –°losest rhyme: alternate rhyme
  • –°losest stanza type: tercets
  • Guessed form: ballad stanza
  • Metre: 1110011 1111101 1011111 1010101 11010111 1111111 1010111 1111101 1110101 1111101 1100111 1010111 1011111 1110111 1111101 1111101 1010001 1111100 1111111 0110101 1000111 1011111 1110101 1110101 0010101 1110101 1111101 1011101 1011101 10010101 0111111 0010101 1110101 1110101 1101111 1110111 1010001 0111111 0010101 1011101 1111100 1111101 1011111 1011111 1010111 10101111 1010110 1111101
  • Amount of stanzas: 6
  • Average number of symbols per stanza: 250
  • Average number of words per stanza: 49
  • Amount of lines: 48
  • Average number of symbols per line: 30 (strings are less long than medium ones)
  • Average number of words per line: 6
  • 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; and, his, i are repeated.

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

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

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  • summary of Santa Claus;
  • central theme;
  • idea of the verse;
  • history of its creation;
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