This is an analysis of the poem The People, Yes that begins with:

He was a mystery in smoke and flags...

Elements of the verse: questions and answers

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  • Rhyme scheme: abbXcXddXebXdce cb aXcX XX
  • Stanza lengths (in strings): 15,2,4,2,
  • Closest metre: trochaic tetrameter
  • Сlosest rhyme: couplets
  • Сlosest stanza type: sonnet
  • Guessed form: unknown form
  • Metre: 10 1101000111 1010011001 100101000100 10010100 001010101010 10010000101 1010010111 1001010101 10010101010 101101001010 1110010101 10011010011 1111110101 01101001100 1011010 101110 1111001001 010110 111101101 1100111100 11001 111
  • Amount of stanzas: 4
  • Average number of symbols per stanza: 197
  • Average number of words per stanza: 38
  • Amount of lines: 23
  • Average number of symbols per line: 34 (medium-length strings)
  • Average number of words per line: 7
  • Mood of the speaker:

    The speaker asks many questions. Perhaps, he or she is in confusion.

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

    The poet used anaphora at the beginnings of some neighboring lines. The same words yes, no, i are repeated.

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

    There is a poetic device epiphora at the end of some neighboring lines flags is repeated).

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  • summary of The People, Yes;
  • central theme;
  • idea of the verse;
  • history of its creation;
  • critical appreciation.

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