This is an analysis of the poem Honour The Brave! that begins with:

England! Not vainly yet
Thine eyes with sorrow wet...

Elements of the verse: questions and answers

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  • Rhyme scheme: aabcccB ddXaaaX eebfffB eebcXcB
  • Stanza lengths (in strings): 7,7,7,7,
  • Closest metre: iambic trimeter
  • –°losest rhyme: couplets
  • –°losest stanza type: tercets
  • Guessed form: unknown form
  • Metre: 101101 110101 1101 101111 111101 1011001 1001 1101001 111101 11011 111111 111101 111101 11110 110101 111101 1001 111101 101111 101101 1001 101111 101101 1101 011111 111100 111011 1001
  • Amount of stanzas: 4
  • Average number of symbols per stanza: 186
  • Average number of words per stanza: 33
  • Amount of lines: 28
  • Average number of symbols per line: 26 (strings are less long than medium ones)
  • Average number of words per line: 5
  • 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; thy is repeated.

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

    The poet repeated the same word brave at the end of some neighboring stanzas. The poetic device is a kind of epiphora.

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