This is an analysis of the poem Rantoul that begins with:

One day, along the electric wire
His manly word for Freedom sped;... full text

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  • Rhyme scheme: abaX cdcd dada efef ghgh bgbg bbbb cccc bbXb cXci hbhb jkjk gigi bhbh fcfc dddX blbl dede amam hnhn lXlX cicX
  • Stanza lengths (in strings): 4,4,4,4,4,4,4,4,4,4,4,4,4,4,4,4,4,4,4,4,4,4,
  • Closest metre: iambic tetrameter
  • –°losest rhyme: alternate rhyme
  • –°losest stanza type: tercets
  • Guessed form: ballad stanza
  • Metre: 1101001010 01011101 111111010 11011101 11011101 01010101 11010111 01011101 10110101 110011010 11110101 100110010 11111111 10110111 11011101 010010101 00111011 11111101 01110111 01110101 11011101 110010001 10110001 01010001 11110101 11010001 11110101 11010101 11111101 11011101 110100101 01010101 11010101 11011101 11001001110 01010101 110101001 11111110 01000101 01010101 01011101 11110111 01110100 010100111 10010111 11010101 11010101 01010101 01010101 01010001 01111101 01010111 110110101 01010111 11110101 11011101 110100101 11110111 01011101 11010101 01010101 11000101 01010101 01000100 11010101 11010101 11010101 01010111 11010101 11010111 01011101 11010111 1100111110 11010101 101101010 11011101 11011111 11010111 01110011 11011101 10110101 110011010 11011101 01010111 10011101 01010111 01010111 110011101
  • Amount of stanzas: 22
  • Average number of symbols per stanza: 145
  • Average number of words per stanza: 27
  • Amount of lines: 88
  • Average number of symbols per line: 36 (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; and, of are repeated.

    The poet used anaphora at the beginnings of some neighboring lines. The same words and, the, we are repeated.

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

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