This is an analysis of the poem Battle Song that begins with:

DAY, like our souls, is fiercely dark;
   What then? 'Tis day! ... full text

Elements of the verse: questions and answers

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  • Rhyme scheme: ababcdcdbeXeefefXXXghehXijijgXXjhkhk
  • Stanza lengths (in strings): 36,
  • Closest metre: iambic trimeter
  • –°losest rhyme: rima
  • –°losest stanza type: sonnet
  • Guessed form: unknown form
  • Metre: 11110101 1111 11110111 1101 11110101 1110 110110101 1111 11010101 1101 110010010 1001 110100101 1101 110100001 1100 110011100 1111 11011101 1111 11111101 10001 11011111 11010 011111010 1001 11010111 1111 10110001 1101 1100111100 1101 01010101 1101 100111101 1101
  • Amount of stanzas: 1
  • Average number of symbols per stanza: 1350
  • Average number of words per stanza: 183
  • Amount of lines: 36
  • Average number of symbols per line: 37 (medium-length strings)
  • Average number of words per line: 5
  • 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; they, nor are repeated.

    The poet used anaphora at the beginnings of some neighboring lines. The same word nor is repeated.

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