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

A green eye-and a red-in the dark.
Thunder-smoke-and a spark.... full text

Elements of the verse: questions and answers

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  • Rhyme scheme: aa bb cc dd bb ee dd ff
  • Stanza lengths (in strings): 2,2,2,2,2,2,2,2,
  • Closest metre: iambic trimeter
  • –°losest rhyme: couplets
  • –°losest stanza type: tercets
  • Guessed form: unknown form
  • Metre: 011101001 101101 00100111 1000111 001010101 1001001 01001001 1000111 01101001 011101 0110101 101111 111111 0100101 1101011 111
  • Amount of stanzas: 8
  • Average number of symbols per stanza: 60
  • Average number of words per stanza: 12
  • Amount of lines: 16
  • 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:

    The speaker asks many questions. Perhaps, he or she is in confusion.

  • The author used lexical repetitions to emphasize a significant image; it is repeated.

    The author used the same word it 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 it:

  • summary of The Train;
  • idea of the verse;
  • history of its creation.

Good luck in your poetry interpretation practice!

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