This is an analysis of the poem Always There Are The Children that begins with:

and always there are the children
there will be children in the heat of day...

Elements of the verse: questions and answers

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  • Rhyme scheme: a Xb cX Xd bX ec fc ec bcgcgfh fcd hX Xa
  • Stanza lengths (in strings): 1,2,2,2,2,2,2,2,7,3,2,2,
  • Closest metre: trochaic tetrameter
  • –°losest rhyme: couplets
  • –°losest stanza type: tercets
  • Guessed form: unknown form
  • Metre: 11111010 1001000101 10010001010 10101010 1100111 101010100101 11010011 110100110 111101101 110010111 11110101 11010101 1110111 1110111 1111110111 11110010 100010010001 110110 100110001 110110 100101110 1100011010 11001011 1110010100 0111 101010010 1000110000 101101001101 011110010
  • Amount of stanzas: 12
  • Average number of symbols per stanza: 84
  • Average number of words per stanza: 16
  • Amount of lines: 33
  • 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 punctuation marks are various. Neither mark predominates.

  • The author used lexical repetitions to emphasize a significant image; there, children, our, we are repeated.

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

    The author used the same words children, we at the beginnings of some neighboring stanzas. The figure of speech is a kind of anaphora.

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  • summary of Always There Are The Children;
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  • history of its creation;
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