This is an analysis of the poem The Fighting Swing that begins with:

Once again the regiments marching down the street,
Shoulders, legs and rifle barrels swinging all in time....

Elements of the verse: questions and answers

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  • Rhyme scheme: abab ccdd ecec ffdd ghgh XXdd
  • Stanza lengths (in strings): 4,4,4,4,4,4,
  • Closest metre: iambic pentameter
  • –°losest rhyme: alternate rhyme
  • –°losest stanza type: sonnet
  • Guessed form: blank verse
  • Metre: 101010010101 1011101010101 101010110101 1000100010101 1111110101 101010110101 101010101101 111001100101 111110110111 101110110111 101000110101 101010110101 1110110111 101000110101 101010110101 111001100101 10010111100101 1010011110101 101010110101 111010110111 1111111101 101110111100 101110110111 111011100101
  • Amount of stanzas: 6
  • Average number of symbols per stanza: 213
  • Average number of words per stanza: 39
  • Amount of lines: 24
  • Average number of symbols per line: 53 (very long strings)
  • Average number of words per line: 10
  • Mood of the speaker:

    There are many exclamation marks in the poem. The speaker is excited. He or she has strong feelings on the subject that is described in the poem.

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

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

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

Good luck in your poetry interpretation practice!

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