This is an analysis of the poem The Dear Old Flag that begins with:

Oh! we love that dear old flag,
That our forefathers gave... full text

Elements of the verse: questions and answers

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  • Rhyme scheme: abcacc d XXccabX Xefdef fgfbgf
  • Stanza lengths (in strings): 6,1,7,6,6,
  • Closest metre: trochaic tetrameter
  • –°losest rhyme: couplets
  • –°losest stanza type: tercets
  • Guessed form: unknown form
  • Metre: 1111111 111101 101100011 11110111 1111011 101101011 10 010010 01101 10010 1001 1111111 1110101 110101110 101001010 10011001 11101110 11010111 010111 101101010 111010 101111 111101101010 1010101 10110111 110111110
  • Amount of stanzas: 5
  • Average number of symbols per stanza: 154
  • Average number of words per stanza: 28
  • Amount of lines: 26
  • Average number of symbols per line: 29 (strings are less long than medium ones)
  • Average number of words per line: 5
  • Mood of the speaker:

    The punctuation marks are various. Neither mark predominates.

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

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

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

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

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