This is an analysis of the poem To My Little Son Preston that begins with:

You, who are four years old;
You, with the eyes of blue;... full text

Elements of the verse: questions and answers

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  • Rhyme scheme: ababb cdcdd dcdcc eAeaA
  • Stanza lengths (in strings): 5,5,5,5,
  • Closest metre: iambic trimeter
  • –°losest rhyme: alternate rhyme
  • –°losest stanza type: tercets
  • Guessed form: unknown form
  • Metre: 111101 100101 100101 100101 100101 100111 100101 101111 100101 101111 111101 111101 111111 111101 100101 111101 101101 101111 110101 101101
  • Amount of stanzas: 4
  • Average number of symbols per stanza: 139
  • Average number of words per stanza: 27
  • Amount of lines: 20
  • 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, of, they are repeated.

    The poet used anaphora at the beginnings of some neighboring lines. The same words you, they are repeated.

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

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  • central theme;
  • idea of the verse;
  • history of its creation;
  • critical appreciation.

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