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

Yes. Why do we áll, seeing of a soldier, bless him? bless
Our redcoats, our tars? Both these being, the greater part, ... full text

Elements of the verse: questions and answers

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  • Rhyme scheme: abbaabba cacaca
  • Stanza lengths (in strings): 8,6,
  • Closest metre: iambic pentameter
  • Сlosest rhyme: limerick
  • Сlosest stanza type: tercets
  • Guessed form: sonnet with iambic pentameter or irregular meter
  • Metre: 11111100010111 1111111100101 111111110001 110101010101 1111000011011 0101110101001 110111011101 110101001101 1111111101001 101110011111001 1111011111111 111111011111 111111111111 011101110100
  • Amount of stanzas: 2
  • Average number of symbols per stanza: 409
  • Average number of words per stanza: 81
  • Amount of lines: 14
  • Average number of symbols per line: 58 (very long strings)
  • Average number of words per line: 12
  • Mood of the speaker:

    The punctuation marks are various. Neither mark predominates.

  • The author used lexical repetitions to emphasize a significant image; he is repeated.

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

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

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