This is an analysis of the poem The U-Boat Crew that begins with:

ALAS, alas for those blond boys who stalk
Their prey in ambush of the shuddering seas,... full text

Elements of the verse: questions and answers

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  • Rhyme scheme: ababcXcXXdXdefef
  • Stanza lengths (in strings): 16,
  • Closest metre: iambic pentameter
  • –°losest rhyme: rima
  • –°losest stanza type: sonnet
  • Guessed form: blank verse
  • Metre: 0101111111 11011001001 1001010101 01110101100 0101010011 1101110101 10010101001 1101010100 1000101001001 1111001111 1101111000 0111010011 0111011101 1101110101 1111010111 11000100001
  • Amount of stanzas: 1
  • Average number of symbols per stanza: 697
  • Average number of words per stanza: 123
  • Amount of lines: 16
  • Average number of symbols per line: 43 (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; of is repeated.

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  • summary of The U-Boat Crew;
  • central theme;
  • idea of the verse;
  • history of its creation;
  • critical appreciation.

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