Analysis of At The Fair (The Rocky Road To Dublin)

James Stephens 1882 (Dublin) – 1950




The lark shall never come to say
To a gombeen-man, "Good day,"
And the lark shall never cry
To a kindly man, "Good-bye."

See the greedy gombeen-man
Taking everything he can
From man and woman, dog and cat,
And the lark does not like that.


Scheme AABB CCDD
Poetic Form Quatrain 
Metre 01110111 101111 0011101 1010111 101011 101011 11010101 0011111
Closest metre Iambic tetrameter
Characters 235
Words 49
Sentences 2
Stanzas 2
Stanza Lengths 4, 4
Lines Amount 8
Letters per line (avg) 23
Words per line (avg) 6
Letters per stanza (avg) 90
Words per stanza (avg) 23
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Submitted on August 03, 2020

Modified on March 05, 2023

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James Stephens

James Stephens was an Irish Republican and the founding member of an originally unnamed revolutionary organisation in Dublin on 17 March 1858, later to become known as the Irish Republican Brotherhood, also referred to as the Irish Revolutionary Brotherhood by contemporaries. more…

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