This is an analysis of the poem The Old Byway that begins with:

Its rotting fence one scarcely sees
Through sumac and wild blackberries,... full text

Elements of the verse: questions and answers

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  • Rhyme scheme: aaaaa bbcbc ddede ffafX aagag
  • Stanza lengths (in strings): 5,5,5,5,5,
  • Closest metre: iambic tetrameter
  • –°losest rhyme: rima
  • –°losest stanza type: tercets
  • Guessed form: unknown form
  • Metre: 01011101 11011110 11010101 11110101 110001 01010111 11010101 11110001 01011101 011101 01010111 11000101 110010101 01011101 1011111 01110111 11111101 10011111 01011101 110100 11010111 01010111 01100111 110111011 011100
  • Amount of stanzas: 5
  • Average number of symbols per stanza: 175
  • Average number of words per stanza: 31
  • Amount of lines: 25
  • 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.

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

  • summary of The Old Byway;
  • central theme;
  • idea of the verse;
  • history of its creation;
  • critical appreciation.

Good luck in your poetry interpretation practice!

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