This is an analysis of the poem With Head Erect I Fought The Fight that begins with:

With head erect I fought the fight
Or mingled with the dance,... full text

Elements of the verse: questions and answers

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  • Rhyme scheme: ababcddc eXXecccc cffcdggd hcch
  • Stanza lengths (in strings): 8,8,8,4,
  • Closest metre: iambic pentameter
  • Сlosest rhyme: enclosed rhyme
  • Сlosest stanza type: tercets
  • Guessed form: blank verse
  • Metre: 01011101 110001 11110001 010101 1101010101 110101011 0111110101 1111010101 11111100101 110111110110 1111010101 1001111101 0111110001 1101000101 1111010111 1111010100 1111011101 1001100101 0101010101 1101000111 1011010101 1100010101 1111010101 1101110101 1111110101 1111110111 1101011101 1101010101
  • Amount of stanzas: 4
  • Average number of symbols per stanza: 289
  • Average number of words per stanza: 56
  • Amount of lines: 28
  • Average number of symbols per line: 40 (medium-length strings)
  • 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; with, and, could are repeated.

    The poet used anaphora at the beginnings of some neighboring lines. The same word and is repeated.

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  • summary of With Head Erect I Fought The Fight;
  • central theme;
  • idea of the verse;
  • history of its creation;
  • critical appreciation.

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