This is an analysis of the poem Sunday: New Guinea that begins with:

The bugle sounds the measured call to prayers,
The band starts bravely with a clarion hymn, ...

Elements of the verse: questions and answers

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  • Rhyme scheme: abab cccX dcdc baXa aeae
  • Stanza lengths (in strings): 4,4,4,4,4,
  • Closest metre: iambic pentameter
  • Сlosest rhyme: alternate rhyme
  • Сlosest stanza type: tercets
  • Guessed form: blank verse
  • Metre: 0101010101 01110001001 01001100101 100101010101 1101110011 1111110011 1101001101 110101011100 11001011101 1101110001 0100010101 110101001101 1111010111 1001010101 10110011000 1101110101001 1111000101 01010011101 11111101101 111101010011
  • Amount of stanzas: 5
  • Average number of symbols per stanza: 189
  • Average number of words per stanza: 32
  • Amount of lines: 20
  • Average number of symbols per line: 47 (strings are more long than medium ones)
  • 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; to, our, and are repeated.

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

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

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  • summary of Sunday: New Guinea;
  • central theme;
  • idea of the verse;
  • history of its creation;
  • critical appreciation.

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