This is an analysis of the poem I'M Walking Backwards For Christmas that begins with:

I'm walking backwards for Christmas,
Across the Irish Sea,...

Elements of the verse: questions and answers

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  • Rhyme scheme: ABAb cDbd AE fbccb fXXXgg ABAb cDXXXaE
  • Stanza lengths (in strings): 4,4,2,5,6,4,7,
  • Closest metre: iambic trimeter
  • –°losest rhyme: couplets
  • –°losest stanza type: tercets
  • Guessed form: unknown form
  • Metre: 01010110 010101 01010110 0010111 111011 110001 1101111 110001001 01010110 011111 11001111011 010101 11101 11101 11100101 1101101101 1010100 1101111110 10110 11101001 1101001 01010110 010101 01010110 0010111 11111011 110001 1101111 1001001 101010110 011111
  • Amount of stanzas: 8
  • Average number of symbols per stanza: 118
  • Average number of words per stanza: 21
  • Amount of lines: 31
  • Average number of symbols per line: 30 (strings are less long than medium ones)
  • Average number of words per line: 5
  • Mood of the speaker:

    The punctuation marks are various. Neither mark predominates.

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

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

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

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