Analysis of The Tree-Toad

James Whitcomb Riley 1849 (Greenfield) – 1916 (Indianapolis)



''Scurious-like,' said the tree-toad,
'I've twittered far rain all day;
And I got up soon,
And I hollered till noon--
But the sun, hit blazed away,
Till I jest clumb down in a crawfish-hole,
Weary at heart, and sick at soul!

'Dozed away far an hour,
And I tackled the thing agin;
And I sung, and sung,
Till I knowed my lung
Was jest about give in;
And then, thinks I, ef hit don't rain now.
There're nothin' in singin', anyhow!

'Once in awhile some
Would come a drivin' past;
And he'd hear my cry,
And stop and sigh--
Till I jest laid back, at last,
And I hollered rain till I thought my th'oat
Would bust right open at ever' note!

'But _I fetched_ her! O _I fetched_ her!--
'Cause a little while ago,
As I kindo' set,
With one eye shet,
And a-singin' soft and low,
A voice drapped down on my fevered brain,
Sayin',--' Ef you'll jest hush I'll rain!''


Scheme ABCCBDD EXFFXGG XHIIHJJ EKXAKLL
Poetic Form
Metre 111011 111111 01111 011011 1011101 111110011 10110111 1011110 01100101 01101 11111 110110 011111111 10100110 10011 11011 01111 0101 1111111 011011111111 111101101 11101110 1010101 1111 1111 001101 011111101 10111111
Closest metre Iambic tetrameter
Characters 832
Words 169
Sentences 8
Stanzas 4
Stanza Lengths 7, 7, 7, 7
Lines Amount 28
Letters per line (avg) 22
Words per line (avg) 6
Letters per stanza (avg) 155
Words per stanza (avg) 41
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Submitted on May 13, 2011

Modified on April 25, 2023

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James Whitcomb Riley

James Whitcomb Riley was an American writer, poet, and best-selling author. During his lifetime he was known as the "Hoosier Poet" and "Children's Poet" for his dialect works and his children's poetry respectively. more…

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