Row Row Row Your Boat

Eliphalet Oram Lyte


  1. Row, row, row your boat,
  2. Gently down the stream.
  3. Merrily, merrily, merrily, merrily,
  4. Life is but a dream.

Poetic Devices

  • Repetition-The repetition of the word 'Row' in line 1 gives the idea that the person is rowing. If you farther analyze the text you will discover he is rowing a boat.
  • Repetition-The repetition of the word 'Merrily' in line 2 brings out the conclusion that the person that is rowing is doing it in a merrily fashion.
  • Rhyme-The author use rhyme to tie the 2 and 3 line together.
  • Metaphor-If you carefully analyze the song you may find that the author is implying that life passes as quickly as a dream.
  • Alliteration-The repetiton in lines 1 and 3 really make sure that the reader knows what is happening and how it is happening
  • Consonance-In this song the repetition of the vowel sound e in line 3 really seals the idea that the song is saying that the main character is in a merrily fashion.
  • Connotation-The author of this song used the word merrily which always makes me feel happy when I hear it.


This song means that life seems to pass as quickly as a dream. The author is saying that life is also like rowing a boat down a steam, the stream of life. Wich is full of difficulties and danger.
Row Row Row Your Boat