This is an analysis of the poem The Great Chicago Fire that begins with:

The great Chicago Fire, friends,
Will never be forgot;... full text

Elements of the verse: questions and answers

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  • Rhyme scheme: abcbbabd XXdbabab eaaaaabe fgfgeede XXhbfXiX ggibeege gbdbhdda baiicjej
  • Stanza lengths (in strings): 8,8,8,8,8,8,8,8,
  • Closest metre: iambic tetrameter
  • –°losest rhyme: alternate rhyme
  • –°losest stanza type: tercets
  • Guessed form: ballad stanza
  • Metre: 01011101 010001 001000011 00010101 01010101 0111001 11101110 1111101 00101 0010101 01001101 110111 111101010 1101011 1100010 00111001 01011101 0101001 11010001 1011101 11010101 010001 1111111 111101 01010111 1110101 01110111 10100101 11010111 1011101 110101011 10101001 11001010 1010001 11010010 111110 10010101 011111 10101110 1011110 11010010 1100001 01100100 1111101 11011011 1110111 110110110 1010111 10011010 110001 100100010 111101 00111100 110111 1110110 111101 10010110 0011101 1101010 010001 10100011 0110111 110100100 01011011
  • Amount of stanzas: 8
  • Average number of symbols per stanza: 244
  • Average number of words per stanza: 47
  • Amount of lines: 64
  • Average number of symbols per line: 30 (strings are less long than medium ones)
  • Average number of words per line: 6
  • Mood of the speaker:

    The punctuation marks are various. Neither mark predominates.

  • The author used lexical repetitions to emphasize a significant image; in is repeated.

    The poet used anaphora at the beginnings of some neighboring lines. The same words it, in, so are repeated.

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