This is an analysis of the poem A Ballad of the Fields that begins with:

THE devil's ruby eyes peer all night long,
A-hunting mice to spit upon his little prong....

Elements of the verse: questions and answers

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  • Rhyme scheme: aa bb cc XX dd X
  • Stanza lengths (in strings): 2,2,2,2,2,1,
  • Closest metre: iambic pentameter
  • Сlosest rhyme: couplets
  • Сlosest stanza type: tercets
  • Guessed form: heroic couplets
  • Metre: 0101011111 010101010101 1111010001 1100010111011101 1101110101 1101010001011101 111101011111 0100010111010100 11010111 010101111001 01011010
  • Amount of stanzas: 6
  • Average number of symbols per stanza: 93
  • Average number of words per stanza: 18
  • Amount of lines: 11
  • Average number of symbols per line: 50 (strings are more long than medium ones)
  • Average number of words per line: 10
  • Mood of the speaker:

    The punctuation marks are various. Neither mark predominates.

  • The author used lexical repetitions to emphasize a significant image; his, and are repeated.

    The author used the same word and 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 your explanation of the poem:

  • summary of A Ballad of the Fields;
  • central theme;
  • idea of the verse;
  • history of its creation;
  • critical appreciation.

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