This is an analysis of the poem Lessons Of The War that begins with:

To Alan Mitchell
Vixi duellis nuper idoneus...

Elements of the verse: questions and answers

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  • Rhyme scheme: a XX b XcdXeb bdaeef fdgedX bfbeec gfbXeb
  • Stanza lengths (in strings): 1,2,1,6,6,6,6,6,
  • Closest metre: trochaic pentameter
  • Сlosest rhyme: alternate rhyme
  • Сlosest stanza type: tercets
  • Guessed form: unknown form
  • Metre: 01010 1001010100 110001110 11001 01111001101 111010101110 11110110100101 011110010100 10110010010010 101111001 0001011010 001011011101 111101110001010 10111111010 1001011010010 10111111 000101101101 01101001111111 1100100101110110 011101011010 110110010101001 100010110 1011100101000 0010011111110 10010110110 10001110010110 010110101100010 11010001 110100010010010 011101011101 10110101101010 10111111101010 100100101011010110 101111001
  • Amount of stanzas: 8
  • Average number of symbols per stanza: 201
  • Average number of words per stanza: 37
  • Amount of lines: 34
  • Average number of symbols per line: 46 (strings are more long than medium ones)
  • Average number of words per line: 9
  • Mood of the speaker:

    The punctuation marks are various. Neither mark predominates.

  • The author used lexical repetitions to emphasize a significant image; i, we, today, have, in, see, and are repeated.

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

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

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

    The literary device anadiplosis is detected in two or more neighboring lines. The words/phrases i, today connect the lines.

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

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