This is an analysis of the poem The Call that begins with:

Don't yeh hear them callin, to yeh, callin' to yeh, lad?
Where the skyline's smeared an' grey with cannon smoke,... full text

Elements of the verse: questions and answers

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  • Rhyme scheme: abccbaXa deaXedXd fghhgfXX aiXXiaXa
  • Stanza lengths (in strings): 8,8,8,8,
  • Closest metre: trochaic tetrameter
  • –°losest rhyme: no rhyme
  • –°losest stanza type: tercets
  • Guessed form: unknown form
  • Metre: 1110100110011 101001110101 10111111 11101001 11101110111 111111111010111 111010 10011 1110100110011 10111111101 11111110 11101110 11101010111 101011101010101 111010 10011 1111101110111 10101110011 11111010 11011110 111110011101 111010101010101 101010 101110 1110101110111 10101111111 11101100 011001010 11101011111 111110101111111 111010 10111
  • Amount of stanzas: 4
  • Average number of symbols per stanza: 353
  • Average number of words per stanza: 67
  • Amount of lines: 35
  • Average number of symbols per line: 40 (medium-length strings)
  • Average number of words per line: 8
  • Mood of the speaker:

    The speaker asks many questions. Perhaps, he or she is in confusion.

  • The author used lexical repetitions to emphasize a significant image; yeh, to, that, yer are repeated.

    The poet used anaphora at the beginnings of some neighboring lines. The same words an', have are repeated.

    There is a poetic device epiphora at the end of some neighboring lines yeh, of are repeated).

    The literary device anadiplosis is detected in two or more neighboring lines. The words/phrases callin', beck'nin', prayin' connect the lines.

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  • summary of The Call;
  • central theme;
  • idea of the verse;
  • history of its creation;
  • critical appreciation.

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