This is an analysis of the poem The Camp Fire that begins with:

When night hung low and dew fell damp,
There fell athwart the shadows... full text

Elements of the verse: questions and answers

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  • Rhyme scheme: ababcdcd ededfgfg hihijXje jdjdkgkg jdXdclcl egegmcmc cjcjklkl XmXmhlhl jXjjcici
  • Stanza lengths (in strings): 8,8,8,8,8,8,8,8,8,
  • Closest metre: iambic tetrameter
  • –°losest rhyme: alternate rhyme
  • –°losest stanza type: tercets
  • Guessed form: ballad stanza
  • Metre: 11111111 1101011 010100001 1111011 01000101 0101110 11111101 1101010 11110001 1101110 11011101 0111010 111100101 1101010 01011111 1111110 10010101 0101011 11010101 1111011 110010111 0101100 11111111 1001010 01100101 1101110 110111001 1100010 11010111 1101010 11111101 1101110 11111101 10101110 100110111 0111110 010100001 11010010 110001101 0111110 11010111 1111010 01010101 01000010 11011111 1101110 01011101 1111110 11010111 1101110 11110111 1101110 111100111 1101010 11010101 0101010 11010101 1110110 01010111 01101010 01010101 1111010 01010101 1110010 11011101 111101100 01010001 0101110 111100100 0111010 11010111 11100010
  • Amount of stanzas: 9
  • Average number of symbols per stanza: 269
  • Average number of words per stanza: 49
  • Amount of lines: 80
  • Average number of symbols per line: 30 (strings are less long than medium ones)
  • 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; that, they, and are repeated.

    The poet used anaphora at the beginnings of some neighboring lines. The same words he, and, that, the, it, so are repeated.

    The author used the same word they at the beginnings of some neighboring stanzas. The figure of speech is a kind of anaphora.

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

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