This is an analysis of the poem A War March that begins with:

Ow! Wow! Wow!
(Funeral note sustained by flutes, suggesting a long-bodied, ... full text

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  • Rhyme scheme: AbcaadXeeffgghhiiccbhhee XhXjjjjhhXkllmmnXbbbiibbiiee ogXXoollookkkXeiiddeep XenpXXooeekkbbddqqbbkk jjjpbbiibbbboopphhiind XXAgbbXje Xoopphhddll
  • Stanza lengths (in strings): 24,28,22,22,22,9,11,
  • Closest metre: iambic tetrameter
  • –°losest rhyme: couplets
  • –°losest stanza type: sonnet
  • Guessed form: unknown form
  • Metre: 111 100101110100110 1101101010 11 110101101 1101011011 100111001 1 111111111 11111111 010110001 010110101 110101111 1100100101 010010101 0111100111 11001011001 110110111 11 0011011010101001 11110111 0010010111 1101011001 1 11111011 01011001011101011 1001110011 11011111 111100101 1 11 1101001001 110101110 11110 1101010010 1010110101 10101111 1111111011 110101001 1010010 110 11011 11 111011011 101111001 11101101 11100101 100101001 11 11101111 00101110111 1 1 1100101100100010 101010110101100 0011100 11 11100111 010101101 011100101 11101111 110100111 11 11111111 111100100 1011101101 1010101111 1011100111 00010111 10111101 11011111 1110101101 1 101011110101 11000101 10010100101011100010 1000101101001011101110 11001000101000100101 11 111101011 10011101 1110001111 101101101 100101001 10011111 111100001 11 10101111 110100101 101101001 10100101 11100111 111100111 111110101 1001001001 1111011001 111 11101011 1 1110111100000101001 00011100010100110 110110101010 1111 1110101111 1001001001 110111101 1010110101 1010100101 1010101101 111100101 100111001 11111101 010100101 010100101 0100111111 111 0110101101001001110 111 1 101111001010 111 101001011001110100100 11010101111010111 10101010100110100101 01010110100111010111000 110000110101010101010 0010011 11 110100111 110101001 1110100011 011100101 1011100101 010110101 010101101 010101101 11100001
  • Amount of stanzas: 7
  • Average number of symbols per stanza: 748
  • Average number of words per stanza: 132
  • Amount of lines: 143
  • Average number of symbols per line: 36 (medium-length strings)
  • Average number of words per line: 7
  • 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; wow, we, and, um, blood, or, shrieks, boom, hate, of are repeated.

    The poet used anaphora at the beginnings of some neighboring lines. The same words we, room, by, for, the, at are repeated.

    The literary device anadiplosis is detected in two or more neighboring lines. The words/phrases room, blood connect the lines.

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