This is an analysis of the poem What I Have Seen #5 that begins with:

I saw a Christian, a temperance man,
Casting his ballot one day at the polls:... full text

Elements of the verse: questions and answers

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  • Rhyme scheme: ababbb cbcXbb dXdXee fgfghh
  • Stanza lengths (in strings): 6,6,6,6,
  • Closest metre: iambic pentameter
  • Сlosest rhyme: couplets
  • Сlosest stanza type: tercets
  • Guessed form: heroic couplets
  • Metre: 1101001001 1001011101 110111111 01001011001 110111011 11111011011 1101001001 1001111001 111011101001 00001111111 110101010 11101111010 1111101001 1111011001 11001001101 111111111110 110111011 11111011011 1101011001 1101111011 101101011001 111001101011 1101111011 11111111011
  • Amount of stanzas: 4
  • Average number of symbols per stanza: 251
  • Average number of words per stanza: 54
  • Amount of lines: 27
  • Average number of symbols per line: 36 (medium-length strings)
  • Average number of words per line: 8
  • Mood of the speaker:

    There are many exclamation marks in the poem. The speaker is excited. He or she has strong feelings on the subject that is described in the poem.

  • The author used lexical repetitions to emphasize a significant image; he, may, be, i, had are repeated.

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

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

    There is a poetic device epiphora at the end of some neighboring lines does, is, had, do are repeated).

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  • summary of What I Have Seen #5;
  • central theme;
  • idea of the verse;
  • history of its creation;
  • critical appreciation.

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