This is an analysis of the poem A Scrap Of Paper that begins with:

"Will you go to war just for a scrap of paper?" -- Question
of the German Chancellor to the British Ambassador, ... full text

Elements of the verse: questions and answers

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  • Rhyme scheme:
  • Stanza lengths (in strings):
  • Closest metre:
  • –°losest rhyme:
  • –°losest stanza type:
  • Guessed form:
  • Metre:
  • Amount of stanzas: 8
  • Average number of symbols per stanza: 93
  • Average number of words per stanza: 17
  • Amount of lines: 18
  • Average number of symbols per line: 41 (medium-length strings)
  • Average number of words per line: 8
  • Mood of the speaker:

    The punctuation marks are various. Neither mark predominates.

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

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

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