This is an analysis of the poem The Quest (Horses For The Army) that begins with:

Too good for the knacker, too poor for the lurry!
Let him go to the army that buys in a hurry!...

Elements of the verse: questions and answers

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  • Rhyme scheme: XABB ccdd ddXX eeff bbXX ggdd XABB
  • Stanza lengths (in strings): 4,4,4,4,4,4,4,
  • Closest metre: trochaic pentameter
  • Сlosest rhyme: couplets
  • Сlosest stanza type: tercets
  • Guessed form: unknown form
  • Metre: 101010111010 1110010110010 101010111010 1110110010110 11111110101 1111011001 001001011011 01111101111 1011101001 1101001111 10111011010 110111110110 111011011011 11001001011 110111110110 110010111010 10010110110 0010111011110 10101111011 11101011101 1010110001101 01001001101 101101101001 01101011001 101010111010 1110010110010 101010111010 1110110010110
  • Amount of stanzas: 7
  • Average number of symbols per stanza: 195
  • Average number of words per stanza: 38
  • Amount of lines: 28
  • Average number of symbols per line: 48 (strings are more long than medium ones)
  • Average number of words per line: 9
  • 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; too, for, my, i, and are repeated.

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

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  • summary of The Quest (Horses For The Army);
  • central theme;
  • idea of the verse;
  • history of its creation;
  • critical appreciation.

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