This is an analysis of the poem The Vow Of Washington that begins with:

The sword was sheathed: in April's sun
Lay green the fields by Freedom won;... full text

Elements of the verse: questions and answers

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  • Rhyme scheme: aabb ccaa ddee ffXX ggff ggff ffgg bbff hhee bbff cXee ffcc ggii ccjj kkgg ffaa ggll eeii mmgg
  • Stanza lengths (in strings): 4,4,4,4,4,4,4,4,4,4,4,4,4,4,4,4,4,4,4,
  • Closest metre: iambic pentameter
  • –°losest rhyme: couplets
  • –°losest stanza type: tercets
  • Guessed form: heroic couplets
  • Metre: 01110101 11011101 1101010001 1111100101 11010101 11011111 10110101001 10010101101 11010101 0100110101 010010101001 11111100011 110101001 01100101 10110101001 0101010011 110100111 110101001 01110100101 1111010100 10010101 110111001 01011100101 1011010111 11010111 01110001 1011101100 1001010101 01010101 11000101 11111100101 1101110101 110100011 01011101 1011010101 1101010001 10010111 11110001 0100110111011 1101111101 11110000 11011100 1011010101 1011010111 11010111 11011111 01001000101 1001100111 100111001 10010101 0111011101 01010110101 11110101 01010101 0101111111 0111011101 11000101 111000101 1011010101 1101010101 01111111 01110011 110100101001 1111010101 11011101 01101101 11110101111 11110101001 11111101 101101110 1001010101 0101111101 11010101 11010111 0011100101 01010101001
  • Amount of stanzas: 19
  • Average number of symbols per stanza: 161
  • Average number of words per stanza: 29
  • Amount of lines: 76
  • Average number of symbols per line: 39 (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, our are repeated.

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

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

  • summary of The Vow Of Washington;
  • central theme;
  • idea of the verse;
  • history of its creation;
  • critical appreciation.

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