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

The lady stood at the station bar,
(Three currants in a bun)... full text

Elements of the verse: questions and answers

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  • Rhyme scheme: aBaC aBaC cBcC XBbC dBdC XBXC dBddX
  • Stanza lengths (in strings): 4,4,4,4,4,4,5,
  • Closest metre: iambic tetrameter
  • Сlosest rhyme: rondeau rhyme
  • Сlosest stanza type: tercets
  • Guessed form: unknown form
  • Metre: 010110101 110001 111111101 101110101 1010111101 110001 0010011111 101110101 001101111 110001 11100100101 101110101 011101111 110001 110111101 101110101 010111011 110001 1111101111 101110101 11001101010 110001 1110110101 101110101 110111101 110001 1110101110 10111101001 10101110
  • Amount of stanzas: 7
  • Average number of symbols per stanza: 146
  • Average number of words per stanza: 31
  • Amount of lines: 29
  • Average number of symbols per line: 35 (medium-length strings)
  • Average number of words per line: 7
  • Mood of the speaker:

    The punctuation marks are various. Neither mark predominates.

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

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

    The author used the same word a at the beginnings of some neighboring stanzas. The figure of speech is a kind of anaphora.

    The poet repeated the same word ago at the end of some neighboring stanzas. The poetic device is a kind of epiphora.

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

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