This is an analysis of the poem Riding To Town that begins with:

WHEN labor is light and the morning is fair,
I find it a pleasure beyond all compare...

Elements of the verse: questions and answers

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  • Rhyme scheme: aabbBcdc eebbbcac ffbbBgag hhbbbdcd
  • Stanza lengths (in strings): 8,8,8,8,
  • Closest metre: iambic pentameter
  • –°losest rhyme: enclosed rhyme
  • –°losest stanza type: tercets
  • Guessed form: blank verse
  • Metre: 11001101001 11001001101 01111111001 11101101001 110011010 1111111 11001111001 001001001 011011001100 11101111011 01111101111 11101111001 110011010 1111111 1100111001 101001011 11011011101 01011011100 01011101011 101101111001 110011010 1111111 111111111001 111001101 01001101101 11001001101 11111000001 01011011001 110011010 1111111 101111101001 001101111
  • Amount of stanzas: 4
  • Average number of symbols per stanza: 328
  • Average number of words per stanza: 68
  • Amount of lines: 32
  • Average number of symbols per line: 40 (medium-length strings)
  • Average number of words per line: 9
  • Mood of the speaker:

    The punctuation marks are various. Neither mark predominates.

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

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

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  • summary of Riding To Town;
  • central theme;
  • idea of the verse;
  • history of its creation;
  • critical appreciation.

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