This is an analysis of the poem Old Soldiers that begins with:

We love the spot where Valor bled
In the days of other years;... full text

Elements of the verse: questions and answers

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  • Rhyme scheme: abaX cbdb efef ghah aiai gaXa jdjc
  • Stanza lengths (in strings): 4,4,4,4,4,4,4,
  • Closest metre: iambic tetrameter
  • –°losest rhyme: alternate rhyme
  • –°losest stanza type: tercets
  • Guessed form: ballad stanza
  • Metre: 11011101 0010100 11110101 110010 11010111 111001 11010100 1110001 11010101 0100111 01001101 010001 11011101 1101001 010011101 110111 11110111 0100001 111101001 110011 11010100 0001001 110010101 110101 11110101 110100 01110101 010111
  • Amount of stanzas: 7
  • Average number of symbols per stanza: 122
  • Average number of words per stanza: 21
  • Amount of lines: 28
  • Average number of symbols per line: 30 (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.

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

Good luck in your poetry interpretation practice!

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