This is an analysis of the poem The Hesitating Veteran that begins with:

When I was young and full of faith
And other fads that youngsters cherish... full text

Elements of the verse: questions and answers

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  • Rhyme scheme: XXXXabab cdcdcece fafagdgd aXahigig fhfhebeb cXcefbfb ejejfifi eXehgggg
  • Stanza lengths (in strings): 8,8,8,8,8,8,8,8,
  • Closest metre: iambic tetrameter
  • –°losest rhyme: alternate rhyme
  • –°losest stanza type: tercets
  • Guessed form: ballad stanza
  • Metre: 11111101 110111010 01110111 010011110 11010111 010101010 01111101 110111010 1010110101 110111110 11010111 110110110 01010101 110111010 11110101 111100110 01011111 110101010 01010101 011100010 11011101 110011010 11111111 110111110 11010101 011111100 10110101 010101110 01110111 110111111 11011001 110011111 11110111 1001001010 11011111 010100010 10111101 110111110 01110101 110001010 11110101 0101111000 11110101 111100110 110110011 010101010 10010001 111100110 01110111 110111010 11010011 111010010 11011101 111100010 11110101 110001010 010110101 111101010 111110111 1101110110 11011101 111100011 11110111 111111111
  • Amount of stanzas: 8
  • Average number of symbols per stanza: 285
  • Average number of words per stanza: 55
  • Amount of lines: 64
  • Average number of symbols per line: 35 (medium-length strings)
  • Average number of words per line: 7
  • Mood of the speaker:

    The punctuation marks are various. Neither mark predominates.

  • The author used lexical repetitions to emphasize a significant image; and, of, i are repeated.

    The poet used anaphora at the beginnings of some neighboring lines. The same word and is repeated.

If you write a school or university poetry essay, you should Include in your explanation of the poem:

  • summary of The Hesitating Veteran;
  • central theme;
  • idea of the verse;
  • history of its creation;
  • critical appreciation.

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