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

The great men framed the fierce decrees
Embroiling State with State; ... full text

Elements of the verse: questions and answers

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  • Rhyme scheme: ababbcbbbc cdcdeeeeeX XXXXcfccXf eaeacbXcccb gfgfbhbbbh
  • Stanza lengths (in strings): 10,10,10,11,10,
  • Closest metre: iambic tetrameter
  • –°losest rhyme: rima
  • –°losest stanza type: sonnet
  • Guessed form: unknown form
  • Metre: 01110101 100101 11110101 010101 110101111 110111 01110101 110101001 100111001 010111 11010101 110101 01010101 010111 01010101 110111 11010101 111110011 01110101 011100 010111010 010001 010111110 110011 01010101 100111 11010101 110100101 110101110 010101 01000101 01001 01010111 110100 100010101 110101 1101111 1 01110001 00011101 001101 01110101 010111 01111101 111101 11000101 111101 01010101 01010101 110100001 111111
  • Amount of stanzas: 5
  • Average number of symbols per stanza: 332
  • Average number of words per stanza: 57
  • Amount of lines: 51
  • Average number of symbols per line: 32 (medium-length strings)
  • Average number of words per line: 6
  • 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 the is repeated.

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

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