This is an analysis of the poem I Was A Bustlemaker Once, Girls that begins with:

When I was a lad of twenty and was working in High Street, Ken.,
I made quite a pile in a very little while - I was a bustle maker then....

Elements of the verse: questions and answers

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  • Rhyme scheme: aaaabbaaccddbbeeffcfcggffhhgXgXXbfb
  • Stanza lengths (in strings): 35,
  • Closest metre: iambic pentameter
  • Сlosest rhyme: couplets
  • Сlosest stanza type: sonnet
  • Guessed form: heroic couplets
  • Metre: 1110101011100111 11101001010111010101 11110101110101 111010010101101010101 111000011110001 11101010101010100 11100011011111 11001110001111111 1101010111010001 111100101011111101 1111010011111101001 1110110100011101010101 111010101110101 111010101011010101 111010100001101 111010010101111110101 100010111100111 11001111001111010101 110101011110111 111010010101 111010101 111000111110001 111010111011010111 11101111110101 1010101110101101010101 110101011100111 11110010101111101 1111010011110101001 1110011010101 1111010111 111010101110101 111010101011010101 111011101110101 11010010101 1100100
  • Amount of stanzas: 1
  • Average number of symbols per stanza: 2306
  • Average number of words per stanza: 453
  • Amount of lines: 35
  • Average number of symbols per line: 65 (very long strings)
  • Average number of words per line: 13
  • Mood of the speaker:

    The punctuation marks are various. Neither mark predominates.

  • The author used lexical repetitions to emphasize a significant image; in, i, bustle, bustles, with, may, have, for, built are repeated.

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

    The literary device anadiplosis is detected in two or more neighboring lines. The word/phrase then connects the lines.

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

  • summary of I Was A Bustlemaker Once, Girls;
  • central theme;
  • idea of the verse;
  • history of its creation;
  • critical appreciation.

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