This is an analysis of the poem Breathing-Time that begins with:

Peace, perfect peace. . . . Come, lay aside your gun.
The danger zone is past; the gauntlet run.... full text

Elements of the verse: questions and answers

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  • Rhyme scheme: aabbbb Xcccaadd cceeffgg ffeeffff gXddddcc ccgghhaa ffffaaXX gghhiidX aajjhh
  • Stanza lengths (in strings): 6,8,8,8,8,8,8,8,6,
  • Closest metre: iambic pentameter
  • –°losest rhyme: couplets
  • –°losest stanza type: tercets
  • Guessed form: heroic couplets
  • Metre: 1011110111 0101010101 0101010101 1110010111 101010111 1111010101 1101101111 1101001101 1001101101 1111011101 1101111101 1101011111 11001001101 11110101001 1111110001 0101111100 0101110101 1101111001 0101010001 1111100101 11001110001 1111010001 01111010101 1101001001 11011110111 1111010001 0100010111 1101111100 0110011111 1111110001 1101010101 10010101100 1001100111 11001010101 1111110111 1111110101 1101000101 1111000101 1001110111 1111010101 1101111001 1101110101 1110110100 1111111101 1111111101 1001110101 1001010111 1100010101 0101010111 0101010111 1101011101 100110011 1101110001 1001011001 1101011111 0101011001 1100110001 0111010001 10010010101 1111010101 1011011101 1011101110 1011110101 1101000101 1001110111 1101010001 1101010101 1101110101
  • Amount of stanzas: 9
  • Average number of symbols per stanza: 331
  • Average number of words per stanza: 60
  • Amount of lines: 76
  • Average number of symbols per line: 38 (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 speaker asks many questions. Perhaps, he or she is in confusion.

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

    The poet used anaphora at the beginnings of some neighboring lines. The same words the, ten, to, that are repeated.

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

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  • summary of Breathing-Time;
  • central theme;
  • idea of the verse;
  • history of its creation;
  • critical appreciation.

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