Analysis of When I Came Last to Ludlow

Alfred Edward Housman 1859 – 1936

When I came last to Ludlow
Amidst the moonlight pale,
Two friends kept step beside me,
Two honest friends and hale.

Now Dick lies long in the churchyard,
And Ned lies long in jail,
And I come home to Ludlow
Amidst the moonlight pale.

Scheme aBxb xbaB
Poetic Form ~Rispetto 
Metre 111111 01011 1111011 110101 1111001 011101 011111 01011
Closest metre Iambic trimeter
Characters 241
Words 46
Sentences 3
Stanzas 2
Stanza Lengths 4, 4
Lines Amount 8
Letters per line (avg) 23
Words per line (avg) 6
Letters per stanza (avg) 92
Words per stanza (avg) 22
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Submitted on May 13, 2011

Modified on May 03, 2023

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Alfred Edward Housman

Alfred Edward Housman, usually known as A. E. Housman, was an English classical scholar and poet, best known to the general public for his cycle of poems A Shropshire Lad.  more…

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