This is an analysis of the poem The Two Armies that begins with:

Once over the ocean in distant lands,
In an age long past, were two hostile bands-... full text

Elements of the verse: questions and answers

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  • Rhyme scheme: aabbb ccdebed ddcc ddffcccbghb ffediiaagg jjjcckk l jcX ddd jjffbbmmmdlbdn cnnd djcooddhhppdd
  • Stanza lengths (in strings): 5,7,4,11,10,7,1,3,3,14,4,13,
  • Closest metre: iambic tetrameter
  • –°losest rhyme: couplets
  • –°losest stanza type: sonnet
  • Guessed form: unknown form
  • Metre: 1100100101 0111101011 110011111 1111111101 010100111 1011001010 11111011010 011100111 1110 1 1110 1 10110100101 1101101111 111111111 0100100101 0011100101 111100101 1100101111 1100110111 1101111011 00100100010 0011100101 1110101111 110 010 11101 1101011001 1010010111 0100 1 0101 10110100111 0111010011 1010101101 1101010110 010010010110 10010101 10111111 10100100111 1011100101 0101001001 010101101 00011111 1010101100 110100110 010101010 1101011001 1101001001 0101101101 10110101101 111100101 100111101 01011011011 1100100101 110100111 1101001001 111010111 1110011101 0101100111 10101011111 10 11 10101 10101101101 010 1101001 10011111 11 11101111001 10110100 1 101 11101001001 001001001011 101101101001 101001011001 001001001101 1101101011 111011111101 1011001011 101111001
  • Amount of stanzas: 10
  • Average number of symbols per stanza: 296
  • Average number of words per stanza: 57
  • Amount of lines: 90
  • Average number of symbols per line: 32 (medium-length strings)
  • 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; and, of are repeated.

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

If you write a school or university poetry essay, you should Include in your explanation of the poem:

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

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