This is an analysis of the poem Gwine to Run All Night, or De Camptown Races that begins with:

De Camptown ladies sing dis song—Doo-dah! doo-dah!
De Camp-town race-track five miles long—Oh! doo-dah day! ... full text

Elements of the verse: questions and answers

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  • Rhyme scheme: abab CBDB abab CBDB abab CBDB ababXCBDB
  • Stanza lengths (in strings): 4,4,4,4,4,4,9,
  • Closest metre: iambic pentameter
  • Сlosest rhyme: rondeau rhyme
  • Сlosest stanza type: tercets
  • Guessed form: blank verse
  • Metre: 010101111111 0111111011111 1111111101111 111110101011111 10111 10111 1111010111 1101101 01110101111111 11011111011111 01110001111111 1110101111111 10111 10111 1111010111 1101101 1101110011111 0111010011111 1101101111111 1001101011111 10111 10111 1111010111 1101101 111101111111 10111011111 11110101111111 11110011111111 10111 10111 1111010111 1101101
  • Amount of stanzas: 8
  • Average number of symbols per stanza: 164
  • Average number of words per stanza: 36
  • 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:

    There are many exclamation marks in the poem. The speaker is excited. He or she has strong feelings on the subject that is described in the poem.

  • The author used lexical repetitions to emphasize a significant image; dah, doo, de are repeated.

    The poet used anaphora at the beginnings of some neighboring lines. The same words de, i, gwine are repeated.

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  • summary of Gwine to Run All Night, or De Camptown Races;
  • central theme;
  • idea of the verse;
  • history of its creation;
  • critical appreciation.

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