This is an analysis of the poem Conscription Camp that begins with:

Your landscape sickens with a dry disease
Even in May, Virginia, and your sweet pines ...

Elements of the verse: questions and answers

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  • Rhyme scheme: aaaa bcde aafg dhhh hafh iXdg fhid hbaf XXjh kbaX eaXa bbbX dajk Xfki ahhX Xaafc
  • Stanza lengths (in strings): 4,4,4,4,4,4,4,4,4,4,4,4,4,4,4,5,
  • Closest metre: iambic pentameter
  • Сlosest rhyme: rondeau rhyme
  • Сlosest stanza type: tercets
  • Guessed form: blank verse
  • Metre: 1111000101 10010101111 1101000101 1001101101 11010111001 1101011111 0110010111 110010101001 0011110101 1101010111 1111110001 0101011001 1100111111 11010100001 10001010001 1101110001 1101010011 1001010111 10110101010 0110110111 1101011101 0111010101 0101000101 1101010101 01111001010 0101110101 1111111101 10010010011 1011011001 10010011111 1001110101 1101010111 0101110011 01010011100 11000111001 01011010111 010010001011 0111010101 1101010011 0101111101 1101010011 1111010101 01011000101 0101001101 11110000111 1101011101 1001010101 1101110101 11011111001 01010010011 1110110101 1101001101 0100011101 1011010111 0100110011 11010001111 1101010111 10010010001 1001011001 1101010100 0101011101 1011010101 10001010001 0001010101
  • Amount of stanzas: 16
  • Average number of symbols per stanza: 170
  • Average number of words per stanza: 30
  • Amount of lines: 77
  • Average number of symbols per line: 35 (medium-length strings)
  • 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, your, and are repeated.

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

    The author used the same word to at the beginnings of some neighboring stanzas. The figure of speech is a kind of anaphora.

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  • summary of Conscription Camp;
  • central theme;
  • idea of the verse;
  • history of its creation;
  • critical appreciation.

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