This is an analysis of the poem War Mothers that begins with:

There is something in the sound of drum and fife
That stirs all the savage instincts into life.... full text

Elements of the verse: questions and answers

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  • Rhyme scheme: aa bbbbaacccccddeeffggXahh iii jkkjggXgllXeXl dmmdccmXeXaX gggbbmmmnmm gggccleenXmm
  • Stanza lengths (in strings): 2,23,3,14,12,11,12,
  • Closest metre: iambic tetrameter
  • –°losest rhyme: alternate rhyme
  • –°losest stanza type: sonnet
  • Guessed form: ballad stanza
  • Metre: 10100010111 11101010001 0011011111 1101 0101111011 1001010101 1001011111 1101001101 10110011111 010011 1111 1101010111 1111011101 11110001101 110111 1011 011101 01111111010 0100110 1111010101 1100011101 1111010101 1101010101 1101010111 0101011101 100111 100111 011101 11101010 1110101 10111 11101010 1111111 1111111 111011101110 1110101 111011001 111101 1101010 1010101 111110 11101010101 11111000101 1010101 1011101 10111011101 11111110101 11101001101 1010101 111 101 101110 101 101110 1111111111 10011110101 1111011001 0111110111 011011 11100000101 0111101101 011100010 11111111100 110101 0111111100 110001 1001 1100011 110101 1101010100 1101010111 1001010001 1101010101 10001110100 010100111111 1001100111
  • Amount of stanzas: 8
  • Average number of symbols per stanza: 354
  • Average number of words per stanza: 65
  • Amount of lines: 76
  • Average number of symbols per line: 36 (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; tramp, and, follow, to, we are repeated.

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

    There is a poetic device epiphora at the end of some neighboring lines smiled is repeated).

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