This is an analysis of the poem The Columbiad: Book Vi that begins with:

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  • Rhyme scheme: a X bbcc ddeebbXfbbddddaaddaagg eeaahhbbhhffffbbii bbjjffaakk kkllggmm nniiooffooggffgg ggooaaoo kkooee bbkkkkffbbhhbbiiaabbff ggaaffgg eeggoobbXa oollbbkkeeXe nXbbeeXooo hhXoeeggoobbaaffppjjdd aaccffeeXoggbbaaee ggffqqkkffffhh iiddee hhbbffbbllbbffbboo
  • Stanza lengths (in strings): 1,1,4,22,18,10,8,16,8,6,22,8,10,12,10,22,18,14,6,20,10,6,10,10,10,14,14,26,10,18,18,14,18,12,34,6,14,26,18,16,16,8,16,20,8,8,20,14,12,14,10,4,25,
  • Closest metre: iambic pentameter
  • –°losest rhyme: couplets
  • –°losest stanza type: sonnet
  • Guessed form: heroic couplets
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  • Amount of stanzas: 54
  • Average number of symbols per stanza: 618
  • Average number of words per stanza: 105
  • Amount of lines: 716
  • Average number of symbols per line: 46 (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, and, british, to, army, his, american, in, no, their, her, corpse, my, thy, with, they, here, he, again are repeated.

    The poet used anaphora at the beginnings of some neighboring lines. The same words what, her, corpse, that, and, his, here, she, he, does, thy, again are repeated.

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

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

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

  • summary of The Columbiad: Book Vi;
  • central theme;
  • idea of the verse;
  • history of its creation;
  • critical appreciation.

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