This is an analysis of the poem A Happy Childhood that begins with:

My mother stands at the screen door, laughing.
“Out out damn Spot,” she commands our silly dog....

Elements of the verse: questions and answers

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  • Rhyme scheme: abc ded Xaf eag chd ijk lXX mig nXb fea jgm iaa njo klf jpc fqm old kdp lcq flf qqi doj akd pXd deh foq pjj add ogX dpn jfn lno lff iql lii eqe fqn lde Xop qdm egj nal dil phn hpj ino jkn fie mei fhkXflo
  • Stanza lengths (in strings): 3,3,3,3,3,3,3,3,3,3,3,3,3,3,3,3,3,3,3,3,3,3,3,3,3,3,3,3,3,3,3,3,3,3,3,3,3,3,3,3,3,3,3,3,3,3,3,3,3,7,
  • Closest metre: trochaic pentameter
  • Сlosest rhyme: alternate rhyme
  • Сlosest stanza type: tercets
  • Guessed form: unknown form
  • Metre: 1101101110 11111011101 1101011100101 10101111001 100101011010 111111010110 101110100100 0100100101011 011111010010 111111010 01010110 010110111101 1101100111101 11011101110111 01101010101001 1111001110 1111110101 001011101 1101010101 1100101011 110110110110 10011101011 101010101110 0110111010 1010011101 1101110101 00100101001 0100111101 11011100100 00101010010 11111010 1101010101 11101101011 0101010101010 10111101 111111000010 110010101101 11011101 0101010001 01101001 1011111111 1010010110 11110111101 1001110101 11101101 01010101101 01010010101 101101001 1011011111 00011001010 000100111101 111111 10111101 111101110 010101 1010101 101011011 1001001111 01010111 010001011 101001101 01110011 011111101010 011110100111 111010010 101011101001 11011011 110111011 110111011 010111100101 1100100010 1010100111 1101110010 1110010110 1010010101 101011001 0111001101010 1100100101 0101101111 101101010 1001101111 10110110110 101101111 110010101 101011010001 111010111 00101111111 1110100111 111101111 1110111111 01001010111 111101011 0011110101 11111101 1101110011 011011110 00111110 1001110111 1110111111 11101011010 111010100101 11101110010 10111011 10101101110 1011101100010 1010101110 110011011 11001010010 1010101011 1110111101 1111101011 1110110010 11101101 01111010100 001001111 111101111 101110111 1101010101 1101101111 11010110101 0111110110 111111111 010111010101 011110101 0011110 1010111101 1010111 1101100110 010010011001 01101010110 110101101001 011111111 0111011011 1110110111 11111110010 01001011010 10110011000 1001010100 0111101 110100111010 111101111 01111111 110011110 10110111010 1101011101 10101111110 1110100010 011001101 10101101001 010010011 11011011 010101011 10111111
  • Amount of stanzas: 51
  • Average number of symbols per stanza: 121
  • Average number of words per stanza: 24
  • Amount of lines: 154
  • Average number of symbols per line: 39 (medium-length strings)
  • 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; i, ohio, to, and, his, you, no, they are repeated.

    The poet used anaphora at the beginnings of some neighboring lines. The same words like, you, to are repeated.

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