This is an analysis of the poem To Gordon Leaving Khartoum that begins with:

The silence of traitorous feet!
The silence of close-pent rage!...

Elements of the verse: questions and answers

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  • Rhyme scheme: abacbc dedcec fcfccc egecgc ghgchcXfgfcgc
  • Stanza lengths (in strings): 6,6,6,6,13,
  • Closest metre: iambic trimeter
  • Сlosest rhyme: rima
  • Сlosest stanza type: tercets
  • Guessed form: unknown form
  • Metre: 01001001 0100111 01101011 101101110 0101001 101010010 1011011 1101001 110111 010010010 01011001 10101010 10101010 010111 1011110110 1101110 1101111 10111110 111001 1100111 1111001 0111010 00100101 11110110 0111101 1101101 1111001 11101110 01010011 11101110 11101101 1100101 11001001 111010110 1111011 101101110
  • Amount of stanzas: 6
  • Average number of symbols per stanza: 194
  • Average number of words per stanza: 37
  • Amount of lines: 36
  • Average number of symbols per line: 31 (strings are less long than medium ones)
  • Average number of words per line: 6
  • 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; and, thy are repeated.

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

    The poet repeated the same word flowing at the end of some neighboring stanzas. The poetic device is a kind of epiphora.

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