This is an analysis of the poem Waterloo Day that begins with:

THIS is the day of our glory; this is our day to weep.
Under her dusty laurels England stirs in her sleep; ... full text

Elements of the verse: questions and answers

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  • Rhyme scheme: aabb bbcc dXee Xdddd
  • Stanza lengths (in strings): 4,4,4,5,
  • Closest metre: trochaic pentameter
  • –°losest rhyme: enclosed rhyme
  • –°losest stanza type: tercets
  • Guessed form: unknown form
  • Metre: 00010110001101 1001010101001 10010101001111 10010010110111 11011010110101 110100100100111 110100101101001 1101101001101101 1010110100101 1100101010101001 1010110101100011 111001001010110101 10011110111110 1011010010101001011 1101111011101101 101101010101001001
  • Amount of stanzas: 4
  • Average number of symbols per stanza: 261
  • Average number of words per stanza: 51
  • Amount of lines: 19
  • Average number of symbols per line: 55 (very long strings)
  • Average number of words per line: 11
  • Mood of the speaker:

    The punctuation marks are various. Neither mark predominates.

  • The author used lexical repetitions to emphasize a significant image; of, days, her, when, in are repeated.

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

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  • summary of Waterloo Day;
  • central theme;
  • idea of the verse;
  • history of its creation;
  • critical appreciation.

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