This is an analysis of the poem To Pius Ix that begins with:

THE cannon's brazen lips are cold;
No red shell blazes down the air;... full text

Elements of the verse: questions and answers

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  • Rhyme scheme: ababcdcdefefghXhbhbhijijhbhbgdgdhcXccacaXhXhigigikikafafahahiXiXcdXdkhkhadad
  • Stanza lengths (in strings): 76,
  • Closest metre: iambic tetrameter
  • –°losest rhyme: shakespearean sonnet
  • –°losest stanza type: sonnet
  • Guessed form: unknown form
  • Metre: 01010111 11110101 111101101 110101 01011111 11111101 01010101 110101 11010101 11010101 10110111 101101 11010101 11011101 110111010 011011 01110011 11011101 11010101 110111 110011101 10100101 11000101 0100111 11110101 01011111 01010101 01001001 11110111 01010111 11011101 011111 11111101 11011101 10110100 110101 10110101 01010101 11011101 011111 01001101 11011101 11011101 111101 110101101 11011101 110100111 111001 110110010 11101111 110011010 110101 11011101 01010001 01110101 010011 11111101 1100010111 010101001 010101 11011101 011101100 110010001 10001000 11000101 11011111 11110100 111101 11000101 1100001011 11110101 110101 11010111 01010101 01110111 011101
  • Amount of stanzas: 1
  • Average number of symbols per stanza: 2605
  • Average number of words per stanza: 459
  • Amount of lines: 76
  • Average number of symbols per line: 33 (medium-length strings)
  • Average number of words per line: 6
  • Mood of the speaker:

    There are many exclamation marks in the poem. The speaker is excited. He or she has strong feelings on the subject that is described in the poem.

  • The author used lexical repetitions to emphasize a significant image; and, thy, her are repeated.

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

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

  • summary of To Pius Ix;
  • central theme;
  • idea of the verse;
  • history of its creation;
  • critical appreciation.

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