This is an analysis of the poem My Father And I that begins with:

My father prayed as he drew a bead on the graycoats,
Back in those blazing years when the house was divided....

Elements of the verse: questions and answers

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  • Rhyme scheme: XXabac ddbbXbXXXXcdeaXeffea
  • Stanza lengths (in strings): 6,20,
  • Closest metre: trochaic pentameter
  • –°losest rhyme: no rhyme
  • –°losest stanza type: tercets
  • Guessed form: unknown form
  • Metre: 1101111011010 1011001011010 1011110110110 111110010010110 11001001111100 11011001001010 1111010011010 101101100 1001 11101 10111010 1111101011110 100101010111 11011110111110 11111010110011 10110111010 1110010110 1110111100110 1111101110010 1111011010101010 1111111110110 11011011010 1110111001010 10101001110 1011111110110 10010
  • Amount of stanzas: 2
  • Average number of symbols per stanza: 621
  • Average number of words per stanza: 122
  • Amount of lines: 26
  • Average number of symbols per line: 47 (strings are more long than medium ones)
  • Average number of words per line: 9
  • Mood of the speaker:

    The punctuation marks are various. Neither mark predominates.

  • The author used lexical repetitions to emphasize a significant image; and, my, in, his are repeated.

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