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

A boy told me
if he roller-skated fast enough...

Elements of the verse: questions and answers

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  • Rhyme scheme: XXX XX aab cXbcX
  • Stanza lengths (in strings): 3,2,3,5,
  • Closest metre: iambic pentameter
  • –°losest rhyme: no rhyme
  • –°losest stanza type: tercets
  • Guessed form: blank verse
  • Metre: 0111 011010101 0100101101 01101101 110000100 111001 100111101 000010100 0100011100 1001111110 11110001010010 11011101100 11011011
  • Amount of stanzas: 4
  • Average number of symbols per stanza: 111
  • Average number of words per stanza: 20
  • Amount of lines: 13
  • Average number of symbols per line: 33 (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 Rider;
  • central theme;
  • idea of the verse;
  • history of its creation;
  • critical appreciation.

Good luck in your poetry interpretation practice!

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