This is an analysis of the poem Custer: Book Second that begins with:

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Oh, for the power to call to aid, of mine... full text

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  • Rhyme scheme: a bbbbccXd X eeffggee X ffcchhii X eeddeegg a eeffjjee a ddiiffkk X ddiieeeX X bbllmmdd X eXddeell c ffccbbll a nnooggeX X aaaaddgg X ppeeXnoo X eepphhff X mmddllXX X eeoommaa X aaeeddff X ooffffll X ddlqbbqq X ddddhhdd X Xfccddbb X aaeeXcaX X hhffccmm X
  • Stanza lengths (in strings): 1,8,1,8,1,8,1,8,1,8,1,8,1,8,1,8,1,8,1,8,1,8,1,8,1,8,1,8,1,8,1,8,1,8,1,8,1,8,1,8,1,8,1,8,1,8,1,8,1,8,1,8,1,8,1,8,1,8,1,8,1,8,1,8,1,8,1,8,1,8,1,8,1,8,1,8,1,8,1,8,1,8,1,8,1,8,1,8,1,8,1,8,1,8,1,8,1,8,1,8,1,8,1,8,1,8,1,8,1,8,1,8,1,8,1,8,1,8,1,8,10,
  • Closest metre: iambic pentameter
  • –°losest rhyme: couplets
  • –°losest stanza type: tercets
  • Guessed form: heroic couplets
  • Metre: 1 11010010101 1101011101 1111011101 0101010101 1111110101 1111010100 11010010110 111011111101 1 0111001101 1100111111 01011100011 1011010111 1101110001 1101110101 0101110011 100101001101 1 01000110101 0111010111 0111011101 01110110101 1101110101 1111001001 1001010101 000111010101 1 1111010101 1101110101 1001000111 1101010111 0101010101 1001010101 0101010101 0101001111101 1 1111010101 01010010001 0101110001 0100110101 1100111101 0101010101 1011111100 1011001110101 1 1111010111 1111010111 01001010101 0101111111 11010101001 1001010101 1101001101 1110101010101 1 0101010101 1101111101 1111010101 1101010011 01001110111 0111110111 1111011101 1100101110001 1 0101011111 1101111111 1101011111 11110100101 0111110101 0101110101 11011011111 010111111101 1 1101010111 01010011110 0101110111 110010010101 1101010101 10110001001 1101011111 110101110111 1 1111110101 1101110001 0101000101 0101010101 1001000111 01010101010 1111111111 0001110100101 1 01101010111 01010101001 1101011101 1111010111 1100110101 110111100111 1111111001 010101010011 1 1101011001 0111010101 0100011101 11011101001 0101010101 1011010101 1001011101 101101011001 1 1111010101 11001110101 11001010001 0101110111 1101110111 1111010101 0101010001 0100101010111 1 0101010101 1111010001 0101010101 1101011101 0101011101 10101010101 1101010101 110101010101 1 1111010101 01010101001 1101010001 1101011001 1101010101 1011011101 1101011101 110111110001 1 0101010101 1111001111 0111011111 1101011101 1101110101 1101001101 010011100111 110111101101 1 0101010111 1001010101 1111011100 01001010001 01010100111 1101010111 1101110111 110101110101 1 1111010101 1101010101 0101010101 1111010101 0101010101 0100011101 0111110101 1101001010111 1 0111110101 01001010101 1101010001 11111101110 0101110101 0101010101 10010101010 11001011101110 1 0111110101 1100011101 1100010101 0101011101 1101010101 0111010011 11011110001 110101011101 1 1101010101 1111011101 0111010011 010111001 11010100001 0111000011 1001101101 110111100101 1 01001011101 110011100101 0101110101 0101010001 1101111011 0101010011 1111000101 10010101011 1 110010111001 1101011101 0101010101 01110100101 1111010111 1001010101 1111111101 0101010101101 1 11010010110 1111011111 01010010101 1101011101 1101010101 1101010001 1111010101 110101010001 1 1111110001 01110010111 0111111111 1011010111 0101010111 1001010101 0101001111 010001100101 1 1001000101 0100110101 11011100101 1101010001 1111110101 1101010101 0111010101 0110100010101 1 1011110101 11011101010 1100110101 1101010101 11001100101 0101010101 1101011101 10010010101001 1 1101011111 1111010101 1111111101 1111110001 1101010101 01110010101 01010011001 010111111101 1 1111111111 11110100101 0101110101 1111011101 1001110101 1101111111 1101110101 011101010111 1 11010101001 1101110101 1111110101 1111010001 0101010101 11010110001 1111010101 010101010101 1 010100111101 0101010101 1101010101 1001111101 01010111010 11000101010 1101010111 010111001111 1 11110010101 1001010101 1101011101 110011011000 1011001101 1111011101 1011010101 0101001011101 1 1111010001 0101011101 1100010101 1101110001 1101010101 1101110001 1101110111 010111111101 1 1101110101 11001011001 11110111001 1101010101 11001010101 1101010101 1101110111 100101010101 1 0111010001 1101110101 1111000011 0101001101 1111010101 0101001101 1101010101 110101110111 1 1100010101 1101110101 1101010101 11001010101 0101010101 1110010101 11011011001 111101010101 1 1111010101 1111001101 1111010001 11001111101 0101010111 1101011101 1101110101 110111010101 1 1101001001 1111010111 1101011111 1001011101 11111000111 1101010101 1101110101 110101010001 1 0100111101 1101011101 1001010101 0111010101 1101010101 1101010101 1111011111 110101111101 1 01010011100 0011110111 0101110100 1111010101 01010101010 11110101110 1111110100 110101111101 1 11110011001 1101010101 1101010101 1100110101 1101111101 0100010101 0100111111 10010110011101 1 0101010101 10010101001 1001110101 1111110111 1101010101 11110100001 1101010101 1111010100101 1 11111010011 1101110101 1111010101 0100011001 1011011111 0111011101 0101110101 110101010101 1 010101001001 1111110101 0101011111 1101011101 1101000111 1100110101 1011011101 1101110011101 1 0101010101 1011110111 0111110101 010111001011 0101111101 1001010001 01010010101 101111011001 1 1111010101 0101010101 11110110001 1111011101 0101010101 0101011101 1011110101 111101110111 1 01010101001 1101010101 1101010101 11010101001 0111000101 11001111110 1101011101 010101010111 1 10010100101 0101000111 1001010001 0101111101 0101001101 0110101001 0101010101 110101110101 1 01010101001 1101000101 1111110111 0101110101 11010010001 11010101001 0101010101 100101111101 1 1101010101 1101010001 10010101000 1101010101 11010101001 0101110101 1101010101 010111100111 1 11001010101 1111011101 0101001101 0101010101 0101010011 0101010101 1100010101 100111110101 1 0111010111 1111011101 1101110101 0100110101 0111010001 1101000101 1001010101 010101110101 1 0101010101 1001010101 0101110001 1111110101 0101110101 1001111101 10111110111 010101011101 1 0101010101 0101010001 1101110101 10010100111 1001011101 1111011101 0101110101 0111001111001 1 1111010101 11111101001 01001110101 1111010011 0101111111 1111010101 11010101010 1101010100011 1 1111010111 01001010101 1001010111 11010101001 1110011001 0101010101 110011110001 110101010101 1 10010100101 1101010101 1101110101 10011100101 1101000111 1001001101 01011101100 110101110001 1 0101000101 1001010011 0100010101 0101010101 0101010101 0101110011 0101000101 010101100101 1 0111010101 0101010101 1111101111 0101010101 01001010001 1101010111 1101011101 010111010101 1 11001110101 1101010001 0101000101 0111011101 1111001100 11010101001 1101010111 110101110111 111 0101010001 0101010101 1011010101 0110010101 1101011101 0111010101 01011111001 100101010101
  • Amount of stanzas: 122
  • Average number of symbols per stanza: 182
  • Average number of words per stanza: 33
  • Amount of lines: 550
  • Average number of symbols per line: 40 (medium-length strings)
  • Average number of words per line: 7
  • Mood of the speaker:

    The punctuation marks are various. Neither mark predominates.

  • The author used lexical repetitions to emphasize a significant image; and, for, of, on, to, war, with, his, he, by, their, in are repeated.

    The poet used anaphora at the beginnings of some neighboring lines. The same words and, the, let, each, of, their are repeated.

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