This is an analysis of the poem Over The Water that begins with:

Think of it, think of it over the water
Thousands of men to-day march on to death,... full text

Elements of the verse: questions and answers

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  • Rhyme scheme: abab cdcd efef ghgh XiXi Xeheh
  • Stanza lengths (in strings): 4,4,4,4,4,5,
  • Closest metre: trochaic pentameter
  • –°losest rhyme: alternate rhyme
  • –°losest stanza type: tercets
  • Guessed form: unknown form
  • Metre: 10010010010 1001011101 11011111010 1011001011 10011010010 1001011011 11010011010 1101111011 10011110110 1011001011 10011011110 1011111001 11110010110 1011011011 11110111110 1111111001 11011110010 1001001011 10111011010 11111111001 10010011110 1001001001 10011110110 01011111001
  • Amount of stanzas: 6
  • Average number of symbols per stanza: 187
  • Average number of words per stanza: 35
  • Amount of lines: 29
  • Average number of symbols per line: 38 (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; think, of, their are repeated.

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

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

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