This is an analysis of the poem Workin’ It Out that begins with:

Well I've been spendin' my life lookin' for a shoulder
To rest my head when the nights get colder...

Elements of the verse: questions and answers

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  • Rhyme scheme: aaabBB cccBB dddbbceeebb
  • Stanza lengths (in strings): 6,5,11,
  • Closest metre: trochaic pentameter
  • Сlosest rhyme: rondeau rhyme
  • Сlosest stanza type: sonnet
  • Guessed form: unknown form
  • Metre: 1101011101010 0111101110 10111010101010 0111001 100111001100111001 100111001100111001 111010100111 11011111111 1111001010111 100111001 100111001 10111111101010 110100111100110 10111010110 110111001 110111001 01 1111101111111 011111011 0101001010111 100111001 100111001
  • Amount of stanzas: 3
  • Average number of symbols per stanza: 331
  • Average number of words per stanza: 71
  • Amount of lines: 22
  • Average number of symbols per line: 44 (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; i, long, time, workin', it, out, been are repeated.

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

    There is a poetic device epiphora at the end of some neighboring lines out is repeated).

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

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  • summary of Workin’ It Out;
  • central theme;
  • idea of the verse;
  • history of its creation;
  • critical appreciation.

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