This is an analysis of the poem An Officer Sets Forth His Hard Lot that begins with:

My way leads forth by the gate on the north;
My heart is full of woe....

Elements of the verse: questions and answers

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  • Rhyme scheme: XabaCC deXeCC bfdfCC
  • Stanza lengths (in strings): 6,6,6,
  • Closest metre: iambic tetrameter
  • –°losest rhyme: rima
  • –°losest stanza type: tercets
  • Guessed form: unknown form
  • Metre: 1111101101 110101 110111011 110111 110011001 1111011011 0110111011 111101 1111101101 110101 110011001 1111011011 11001101001 111111 1111111101 111001 110011001 1111011011
  • Amount of stanzas: 3
  • Average number of symbols per stanza: 219
  • Average number of words per stanza: 46
  • Amount of lines: 18
  • Average number of symbols per line: 36 (medium-length strings)
  • Average number of words per line: 8
  • Mood of the speaker:

    The punctuation marks are various. Neither mark predominates.

  • The author used lexical repetitions to emphasize a significant image; and is repeated.

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

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

    The literary device anadiplosis is detected in two or more neighboring lines. The word/phrase so connects the lines.

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