Analysis of The Capture

Paul Laurence Dunbar 1872 (Dayton) – 1906



Duck come switchin' 'cross de lot
Hi, oh, Miss Lady!
Hurry up an' hide de pot
Hi, oh, Miss Lady!
Duck's a mighty 'spicious fowl,
Slick as snake an' wise as owl;
Hol' dat dog, don't let him yowl!
Hi, oh, Miss Lady!

Th'ow dat co'n out kind o' slow
Hi, oh, Miss Lady!
Keep yo'se'f behin' de do'
Hi, oh, Miss Lady!
Lots o' food'll kill his feah,
Co'n is cheap but fowls is deah--
'Come, good ducky, come on heah.'
Hi, oh, Miss Lady!

Ain't he fat and ain't he fine,
Hi, oh, Miss Lady!
Des can't wait to make him mine.
Hi, oh, Miss Lady!
See him waddle when he walk,
'Sh! keep still and don't you talk!
Got you! Don't you daih to squawk!
Hi, oh, Miss Lady!


Scheme aBaBcccB xBxBxaxB dBdBeeeB
Poetic Form
Metre 111111 11110 1011111 11110 101011 1111111 1111111 11110 1111111111 11110 1111111 11110 111111 11111111 111111 11110 1110111 11110 1111111 11110 1110111 1110111 1111111 11110
Closest metre Iambic trimeter
Characters 635
Words 135
Sentences 17
Stanzas 3
Stanza Lengths 8, 8, 8
Lines Amount 24
Letters per line (avg) 19
Words per line (avg) 6
Letters per stanza (avg) 150
Words per stanza (avg) 44
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Submitted on May 13, 2011

Modified on March 05, 2023

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Paul Laurence Dunbar

Paul Laurence Dunbar was a seminal American poet of the late 19th and early 20th centuries Dunbar gained national recognition for his 1896 Lyrics of a Lowly Life one poem in the collection being Ode to Ethiopia more…

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