Analysis of The Pigtail
Adelbert Von Chamisso 1781 – 1838
There lived a sage in days of yore,
And he a handsome pigtail wore;
But wondered much, and sorrowed more,
Because it hung behind him.
He mused upon this curious case,
And swore he’d change the pigtail’s place,
And have it hanging at his face,
Not dangling there behind him.
Says he, “The mystery I’ve found;
I’ll turn me round.” He turned him round,
But still it hung behind him.
Then round, and round, and out, and in,
All day the puzzled sage did spin;
In vain—it mattered not a pin—
The pigtail hung behind him.
And right, and left, and round about,
And up, and down, and in, and out
He turned. But still the pigtail stout
Hung steadily behind him.
And though his efforts never slack,
And though he twist, and whirl, and tack,
Alas! still faithful to his back
The pigtail hangs behind him!
|Scheme||AAAB CCCB DDB EEEB FFFB GGGB|
|Metre||11010111 0101011 1101011 0111011 110111001 0111011 01110111 11001011 11010011 11111111 1111011 11010100 11010111 01110101 011011 01010101 01010001 1111011 1100011 01110101 01110101 01110111 011011|
|Closest metre||Iambic tetrameter|
|Stanza Lengths||4, 4, 3, 4, 4, 4|
|Letters per line (avg)||26|
|Words per line (avg)||6|
|Letters per stanza (avg)||101|
|Words per stanza (avg)||25|
Submitted on May 13, 2011
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