This is an analysis of the poem Are Ye Truly Free? that begins with:

Men! whose boast it is that ye
Come of fathers brave and free;... full text

Elements of the verse: questions and answers

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  • Rhyme scheme: aabbccdd eeffggaa hhiieeaa hhgXhhaa
  • Stanza lengths (in strings): 8,8,8,8,
  • Closest metre: iambic trimeter
  • –°losest rhyme: couplets
  • –°losest stanza type: tercets
  • Guessed form: unknown form
  • Metre: 1110011 1010111 0111101 1110111 1111101 1010001 0111101 1010101 1011111 1011101 0110101 1010111 1110111 1110101 1011100 1000111 0110101 1011111 1010101 1111101 1110001 1011101 1011100 1001101 1111101 1010101 1111011 1010101 1010101 0011111 1111110 0010111
  • Amount of stanzas: 4
  • Average number of symbols per stanza: 250
  • Average number of words per stanza: 49
  • Amount of lines: 32
  • Average number of symbols per line: 30 (strings are less long than medium ones)
  • Average number of words per line: 6
  • Mood of the speaker:

    The punctuation marks are various. Neither mark predominates.

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

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

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

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  • history of its creation;
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