This is an analysis of the poem A Southern Lullaby that begins with:

Little honey baby, shet yo' eyes up tight;--
(Shadow-man is comin' from de moon!)--...

Elements of the verse: questions and answers

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  • Rhyme scheme: ABaB cdcd efef dddd agag bdbdXABaB
  • Stanza lengths (in strings): 4,4,4,4,4,9,
  • Closest metre: trochaic pentameter
  • –°losest rhyme: alternate rhyme
  • –°losest stanza type: tercets
  • Guessed form: unknown form
  • Metre: 10101011111 111010001 1111100101111 111111101 10101011101 101110101 1111100110100 111111101 10101011101 101100101 111111011101 111001000 10101011111 101110001 1011011110101 101010111 10101011101 111010111 1100101010111 111011101 10101010111 11011011 0110111010101 101110101 10101011111 111010001 1111100101111 111111101
  • Amount of stanzas: 7
  • Average number of symbols per stanza: 170
  • Average number of words per stanza: 33
  • Amount of lines: 28
  • Average number of symbols per line: 42 (strings are more long than medium ones)
  • Average number of words per line: 8
  • Mood of the speaker:

    The punctuation marks are various. Neither mark predominates.

  • The author used lexical repetitions to emphasize a significant image; yo', rocky are repeated.

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

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  • summary of A Southern Lullaby;
  • central theme;
  • idea of the verse;
  • history of its creation;
  • critical appreciation.

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