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

It's funny when a feller wants to do his little bit,
And wants to wear a uniform and lug a soldier's kit,...

Elements of the verse: questions and answers

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  • Rhyme scheme: aabXaa aaccdd bbeeff
  • Stanza lengths (in strings): 6,6,6,
  • Closest metre: iambic pentameter
  • Сlosest rhyme: rondeau rhyme
  • Сlosest stanza type: tercets
  • Guessed form: blank verse
  • Metre: 01010101010101 11010101110101 11010001111101 10111101011100 11111110010101 111110101110111 11010111110111 11010100110111 11010101111101 11110111010101 11111101010101 01010111111111 11010101111001 01011110010101 11011100111101 11010101110111 11111101010101 11110111010101
  • Amount of stanzas: 3
  • Average number of symbols per stanza: 344
  • Average number of words per stanza: 73
  • Amount of lines: 18
  • Average number of symbols per line: 56 (very long strings)
  • Average number of words per line: 12
  • Mood of the speaker:

    The punctuation marks are various. Neither mark predominates.

  • The author used lexical repetitions to emphasize a significant image; and, to, want, i, that are repeated.

    The poet used anaphora at the beginnings of some neighboring lines. The same words and, they, i are repeated.

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