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

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  • Rhyme scheme: a bbccddee X ffddeegg X hhiiiiee X eeeejjbb a aaiiccdd a aaiikkll X ccmmnnaa X eecceeii X hhiimmee b ccaaXcee a ffiimmee X bbffoXmX X mmccbbdX X cciiccbb X ppppiicc X ffddccee X eeiieeii X cciiaagg X ppffqqbb X aac ceekk X aaqqkkbb X eeddddoo X ffkkeebb X
  • Stanza lengths (in strings): 1,8,1,8,1,8,1,8,1,8,1,8,1,8,1,8,1,8,1,8,1,8,1,8,1,8,1,8,1,8,1,8,1,8,1,8,1,8,1,3,5,1,8,1,8,1,8,1,8,1,8,1,8,1,8,1,8,1,8,1,8,1,6,2,1,8,10,
  • Closest metre: iambic pentameter
  • –°losest rhyme: couplets
  • –°losest stanza type: tercets
  • Guessed form: heroic couplets
  • Metre: 1 1001110101 010010101001 1101011011 10011111111 11011001001 1011010101 0100010101 110101110101 1 0101010101 0101110111 10011111010 01010111110 0101110101 1001110001 1011111101 110101010101 1 0100010101 10111101001 1001010001 0101000101 1101010001 1011010101 1101110101 110101110111 1 1111000101 0101011101 0101110101 0101110101 11001101110 01011101010 1101110001 1001010100101 1 1101010111 1111110101 11010011101 11011100101 0101010111 0101000101 1111110101 100111010111 1 0101110101 11010011001 1101011101 1111010001 0101010101 10001111101 1101010101 111101010111 1 1001010011 1101010101 0101010101 1101010101 0101111101 1101111101 01011011101 111101110101 1 0111010011 0101011111 1101011101 1101010101 01010011101 1101000101 1001110101 0101110100111 1 0100011101 11011110111 01010101001 1101010101 11010100101 1001011101 1111010111 110111111101 1 1101110011 1101111011 1101010101 1111110101 11111101100 0101010101 1101010101 110101010101 1 1100011101 1100110001 0111010101 1111010101 1101011111 1101110101 1101011101 010101110101 1 1001010101 11111100101 11111111011 1101011101 0101010101 11010111010 1101010111 110101010101 1 1101010111 1101110101 1101110101 0111010101 0111110101 1101010101 0101010011 1001011101110 1 1101010101 1101010001 1101110101 0111001101 01001000101 010011010001 1111010101 0101011110001 1 1001010101 1101000111 0111010011 0111100001 1101110101 1111010101 1111110101 111101010111 1 1101010001 1101110111 0101000101 0101011111 1111010101 1101010101 0111100111 100101110101 1 1101110001 1101000111 0101000101 1011111101 0111111101 1101010101 1101110101 1111011100101 1 1001110101 1101110001 0101010101 110100100111 0101010101 0101010100 0111100101 111101111001 1 1111110101 1011010001 1101011101 0101011001 11010101001 1101010001 1001110011 010111010111 1 01001110001 1111011101 11010101001 0111000101 1101010101 0100111101 01010010001 110101110101 1 1111111101 1111010111 1101011111 0111110101 0101010101 11110010101 0101010101 110101110101 1 01011100111 1101110101 1100010111 11110101001 1111010101 1101000101 1101000111 010101110101 1 11010010101 0111010001 1001110001 1001000111 1101010101 0100011101 1100010101 110111011101 1 1011010101 0101010101 0101110101 1101010101 10001011111 1111010111 1111010111 110101111101 1 0111010001 1111011101 0101110111 0101110101 1100111101 0101010001 1101010101 0101010110101 1 0101010101 1101110111 11010100001 1111110101 110011110101 11110101001 1101010101 1001111101001 1 1101010011 0101011111 10101111111 1101110101 1011000111 0100010101 1101010101 101101010101 1 0101100101 0101010101 1001011101 0101010101 1111110011 01100001100 0101010101 110101010101 1 0101111101 1011001 1101110101 1100110111 1101100111 1001011101 1111000101 011001110101 1 1111111101 0101010101 1101110101 1101111101 1101000101 11010101001 1111100101 110101110101 1 1111011111 1010010110101 01011101001 1101101101 1001010101 01110101001 1101110101 111101110001 1 0101010101 0111011111 1111111000 1101100101 1001010101 0111011111 1111010101 110101110101 1 1101010101 0101111001 1111110101 0101111101 1111110101 1111111101 1111111101 110101011111
  • Amount of stanzas: 68
  • Average number of symbols per stanza: 176
  • Average number of words per stanza: 32
  • Amount of lines: 298
  • Average number of symbols per line: 39 (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; their, his, and, like, our, of, for, gods, to are repeated.

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

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