This is an analysis of the poem The Barracks that begins with:

Beings have molten forms and lives together.
THE sunshine cannot make the barracks glad....

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  • Rhyme scheme: a bcXdc efga c adcbhfi dgfbjg kcgi ilffjmgbfciikin fXfkgaXc fiocfippoqXkbf lcrnsfXimbfci fkiokslificspp iaeis Xqdfkbibppmlfb diadkaihbdc dfrfkikd ofadidp d aXktnlin depdn p jbfbc afokltamcbbf crogallf ioiigfr ktb X
  • Stanza lengths (in strings): 1,5,4,1,7,6,4,15,8,14,13,14,5,14,11,8,7,1,8,5,1,5,12,8,7,3,1,
  • Closest metre: iambic pentameter
  • –°losest rhyme: enclosed rhyme
  • –°losest stanza type: sonnet
  • Guessed form: blank verse
  • Metre: 10110111010 0111010101 010100011 0101000110 0101011101 1001010101 0111011001 1001011101 0111010101 01010101010 1101010001 01111100010 1001010101 0100110101 0110010101 1011110101 0101011111 1100010011 1101010101 0100010101 11010101010 1111111101 0101010011 1110011101 0101010101 0101110001 0001110001 1011000101 01010101010 11010101001 1001110101 0111011011 0101010100 1111011101 1101010001 1001001111 1101001111 1111010101 1101011101 01010101011 1100110101 0101010101 0101010101 0101 01000111000 0111111101 1111100111 0101010101 01010101010 110010101010 0101110001 1101010101 1101011101 1101110101 0100010101 0111010101 01000101110 01010010101 1101001101 0101010111 01010100111 1101001101 1101111101 1011010111 1101110111 0100110101 1001010101 0101000101 0101010101 10111110001 0101010101 1001010111 1001011101 01101010101 1101011101 1001110001 1001001101 0101010101 1111110101 0101000100 0101010111 1100110001 1101010101 0111111101 0101110101 0100010 0110000011 0101011101 1101011111 0100010001 1111011111 110111 01010101010 11010101010 10101111101 1100010101 1101010101 1101110101 01111100011 0101010101 010010111111 0101110100 0111110101 10011010001 1101011111 10011010101 0111011101 0100011101 01010000110 010010101110 1100100101 1101010101 1001000101 00010100110 0101110111 1101110101 10110011010 1001010111 1101010001 1011010001 1101 1100010111010 1001000111 10011101010 1010010100 00101110101 0101011001 0101010101 1011010111 0111011101 1011010101 1111010101 010110010010 1101010111 1111010101 1101110101 01001011101 1101010111 10010101110 01100111000 1101011101 1101001100 1111010001 0100010001 010100100010 11001 1100110101 1001010011 0101010101 1001010101 1101001101 11101 0101110 11010001 011001 0101001 0101011 1101110 11010100 11000 10100101 1011 1011010 1010110 1001100101 011111 10101 0011001 110 1010001101 01010100100 0101011001 0101110111 01110101010 1101010101 0101100111 0101011100 1101010001 1001010101 10110000010 0001010101 1001011101 0101001111 1001010101 0111010101 1101100100 1010011001 01011010
  • Amount of stanzas: 25
  • Average number of symbols per stanza: 310
  • Average number of words per stanza: 55
  • Amount of lines: 191
  • Average number of symbols per line: 40 (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; to, of, and, they, it, her are repeated.

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

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

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

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