This is an analysis of the poem The Scout Toward Aldie that begins with:

The cavalry-camp lies on the slope
Of what was late a vernal hill, ... full text

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  • Rhyme scheme: abcdbcc efgefgg hijkijj ldemXee enhnnhh bmacmaa hiijiii Xjahjaa hbfiXff ejlnjll lobbobb leceecc emihmii Lmfhmff hfhefhh ehdfhdd ecpdcpp jeeheeX cdamdaa ehblhbb henhenn dfcifcX eoehoee ecnicnn iceecee hejcejj jeoieoo Xmacmaa dfnmfnn eehlehh mmehmeX hmiemiX
  • Stanza lengths (in strings): 7,7,7,7,7,7,7,7,7,7,7,7,7,7,7,7,7,7,7,7,7,7,7,7,7,7,7,7,7,7,7,7,7,7,7,7,7,7,7,7,7,7,7,7,7,7,7,7,7,7,7,7,7,7,7,7,7,7,7,7,7,7,7,7,7,7,7,7,7,7,7,7,7,7,8,8,7,6,6,7,7,7,7,7,7,7,7,7,7,7,7,7,7,7,7,7,7,7,7,7,7,7,7,7,7,7,7,7,7,7,7,7,15,
  • Closest metre: iambic tetrameter
  • –°losest rhyme: alternate rhyme
  • –°losest stanza type: tercets
  • Guessed form: ballad stanza
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  • Amount of stanzas: 114
  • Average number of symbols per stanza: 263
  • Average number of words per stanza: 49
  • Amount of lines: 799
  • Average number of symbols per line: 37 (medium-length strings)
  • Average number of words per line: 7
  • Mood of the speaker:

    The punctuation marks are various. Neither mark predominates.

  • The author used lexical repetitions to emphasize a significant image; tara, tan, and, he, on, nor, by, ease, his, ', their, crack, we, know, nutting, wiles, from, to are repeated.

    The poet used anaphora at the beginnings of some neighboring lines. The same words his, on, a, to, and, the are repeated.

    The author used the same words a, the 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 ', nutting are repeated).

    The poet repeated the same words ', nutting at the end of some neighboring stanzas. The poetic device is a kind of epiphora.

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