This is an analysis of the poem The Cry Of The People that begins with:

Fire! Fire! Fire! the cry rang out on the night air,
The roving winds caught it up, and the very heavens resounded.... full text

Elements of the verse: questions and answers

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  • Rhyme scheme: XXab bcdcdX eccbfg bbhbXefe hbid bbjcXddX eaahfi bcijbdd kccg Xhekd
  • Stanza lengths (in strings): 4,6,6,8,4,8,6,7,4,5,
  • Closest metre: trochaic pentameter
  • –°losest rhyme: alternate rhyme
  • –°losest stanza type: tercets
  • Guessed form: unknown form
  • Metre: 10101001111011 0101101101010100 10110111011010 011111101011010 1101011111010 111101011010110 01110111011110 1101000101011101 010100111010010 110101111010111 0100101010010010 0111011110010010 01011001001010010 0100101101010010 10101010110010010 01010011010010010 101111111110010 11111110010010 10011101001010 101001111010 11110111101110 110011111110011 10101111011010 101100111010010 1101011010010010 111001110010010 0101101101111010 011111101010110 110101111010010 101001011101011010 10100100111110011 11100111010111 11010001010111110 1001001110010010 10100101110011010 110100111001010 01001001010010010 0110101110010010 010110010111010010 111100111110010 010100111010100 0101101110010110 11111011111010 100101110010011 0100101101010110 110010101110011 010110111010010 1110100110110010 1010001010010010010 111001011010010 10110111011010 10010110110010 110101110110010 011101110010010 0100100101110010010 1110010101001010 1101010101011010
  • Amount of stanzas: 10
  • Average number of symbols per stanza: 366
  • Average number of words per stanza: 68
  • Amount of lines: 66
  • Average number of symbols per line: 55 (very long strings)
  • Average number of words per line: 10
  • Mood of the speaker:

    The punctuation marks are various. Neither mark predominates.

  • The author used lexical repetitions to emphasize a significant image; and, fire, us, of, nation, from, came, his, shame, to are repeated.

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

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  • summary of The Cry Of The People;
  • central theme;
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  • history of its creation;
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