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

Leonidas of Sparta, years gone by,
With but a bare three hundred of his braves, ... full text

Elements of the verse: questions and answers

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  • Rhyme scheme: abXbbcbc dcdcdede fgfgcaca
  • Stanza lengths (in strings): 8,8,8,
  • Closest metre: iambic pentameter
  • Сlosest rhyme: rima
  • Сlosest stanza type: tercets
  • Guessed form: blank verse
  • Metre: 100010011 0101110001 000101100 1101010101 1001010001 1111010101 0101010100 11110111111 010011101 0111110001 1101110001 0101110101 1101011101 01110110001 1101010101 1111000101 1110010101 1101110101 1001010101 1101010101 1001010111 1111111111 1001011111 111101111
  • Amount of stanzas: 3
  • Average number of symbols per stanza: 349
  • Average number of words per stanza: 62
  • Amount of lines: 24
  • Average number of symbols per line: 43 (strings are more long than medium ones)
  • 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 poet used anaphora at the beginnings of some neighboring lines. The same word one is repeated.

    The literary device anadiplosis is detected in two or more neighboring lines. The word/phrase dead connects the lines.

If you write a school or university poetry essay, you should Include in your explanation of the poem:

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

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