This is an analysis of the poem Reading In Wartime that begins with:

Boswell by my bed,
Tolstoy on my table; ...

Elements of the verse: questions and answers

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  • Rhyme scheme: abaccbaaaaabaabadedaebffghifgijhkkgbjgb
  • Stanza lengths (in strings): 39,
  • Closest metre: iambic trimeter
  • –°losest rhyme: limerick
  • –°losest stanza type: sonnet
  • Guessed form: unknown form
  • Metre: 10111 111110 10111 111010 111101 0101010 0100101 0111011 010001 11001 101101 101101 01000100 11011 1010101 101001 10100101 10101 111011 010101 010101 110100 110101 010101 110100 1101011 111111 001101 101101 1101001 010111 101101 111101 01011001 01001001 0101001 010101 1101011 1101101
  • Amount of stanzas: 1
  • Average number of symbols per stanza: 1005
  • Average number of words per stanza: 178
  • Amount of lines: 39
  • Average number of symbols per line: 25 (strings are less long than medium ones)
  • Average number of words per line: 5
  • 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 Reading In Wartime;
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  • history of its creation;
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