This is an analysis of the poem The Battle of Gaines' Hill that begins with:

June 27, 1862.
INSCRIBED TO THE GALLANT PENNSYLVANIA RESERVES.... full text

Elements of the verse: questions and answers

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  • Rhyme scheme: X aBcbcc ddddX efeff afaff cacaa bcbcc Xbcbb gbgbb bhbhh bXbbb ififf bjbjj gcgcc ikikX cbcbb lclcc ebebb Bdbdd kfkff bdbdd bcbXc
  • Stanza lengths (in strings): 1,6,5,5,5,5,5,5,5,5,5,5,5,5,5,5,5,5,5,5,5,5,
  • Closest metre: iambic tetrameter
  • –°losest rhyme: enclosed rhyme
  • –°losest stanza type: tercets
  • Guessed form: unknown form
  • Metre: 111 010010101001 01011101 010101011 11010111 01111101 011111 11111101 110100101 110101011 11111011 110101 11110101 010011101 01010101 11010101 110101 11010111 01110101 11011101 11000111 110101 01010101 11011101 11110111 01010100 010101 10110011 01110001 01010101 01010001 111101 110101100 11111111 01011101 10111111 010101 01110111 111111001 11110101 01010111 1101001 01110111 100010111 1100111001 11010111 110111 110101001 011101000 11010011 11110001 1101111 1101111001 11011101 11110101 01010101 1010101 11010101 01011101 01110111 111101001 110111 10000111 01010111 11010101 01111101 101111 10110101 100100101 111100101 111110101 110011 01011111 01110101 01110001 01110101 111111 11110101 11110101 110111001 11011101 0100111 11000101 110101101 11111101 11110101 110101 01011101 11010111 11010111 01010001 0101001 11011101 01111111 110000101 11110101 010101 110010101 110010101 11010101 10010101 110111 01110111 111101001 110000111 10010101 011101
  • Amount of stanzas: 21
  • Average number of symbols per stanza: 178
  • Average number of words per stanza: 31
  • Amount of lines: 108
  • Average number of symbols per line: 34 (medium-length strings)
  • Average number of words per line: 6
  • Mood of the speaker:

    The punctuation marks are various. Neither mark predominates.

  • The author used lexical repetitions to emphasize a significant image; that is repeated.

    The poet used anaphora at the beginnings of some neighboring lines. The same words the, all, then are repeated.

    The author used the same word we at the beginnings of some neighboring stanzas. The figure of speech is a kind of anaphora.

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  • summary of The Battle of Gaines' Hill;
  • central theme;
  • idea of the verse;
  • history of its creation;
  • critical appreciation.

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