This is an analysis of the poem A Message: Armistice Day 1936 that begins with:

I got dreamin' that a message come in some mysterious way
From one ole pal of mine, gone West this many an' many a day, ... full text

Elements of the verse: questions and answers

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  • Rhyme scheme: aaXbccXc bb ddXeaXbX ff aaXXggXX ee eeXXhhXb ii
  • Stanza lengths (in strings): 8,2,8,2,8,2,8,2,
  • Closest metre: iambic pentameter
  • –°losest rhyme: couplets
  • –°losest stanza type: tercets
  • Guessed form: heroic couplets
  • Metre: 1110101010101001 0111011101011001 01010101010111 11101001111101 11111000111001 11010110101101 11011111111101 11111111110111 100001001111 111010100011101 111000100010101 101010110010101 101101111101110 1101011111101 110111011101001 110100101111 10011111011101 010101010100111 100001010111 01010111100101 10010100010101 11110101111101 11111111111101 11110101110011 11110100111111 111011101011101 11111111111101 101111101101010 10000101110101 01010111110111 11011000111101 110101011111 11010101110111 011101111111 11011101111111 11011111011101 01010101010111 11010010101101 1000010101111 11111111110011
  • Amount of stanzas: 8
  • Average number of symbols per stanza: 306
  • Average number of words per stanza: 60
  • Amount of lines: 40
  • Average number of symbols per line: 61 (very long strings)
  • Average number of words per line: 12
  • Mood of the speaker:

    The punctuation marks are various. Neither mark predominates.

  • The author used lexical repetitions to emphasize a significant image; i, 'e, to, it, an', we, our, tough, you are repeated.

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