This is an analysis of the poem These Men that begins with:

Men moving in a trench, in the clear noon,
Whetting their steel within the crumbling earth;...

Elements of the verse: questions and answers

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  • Rhyme scheme: ababacac dXdX
  • Stanza lengths (in strings): 8,4,
  • Closest metre: iambic tetrameter
  • –°losest rhyme: rima
  • –°losest stanza type: tercets
  • Guessed form: unknown form
  • Metre: 1100010011 10110101001 1100011011 1100111111 1100010011 101011101 101011101 1111010111 1111110101 11111111 01110101 000100
  • Amount of stanzas: 2
  • Average number of symbols per stanza: 242
  • Average number of words per stanza: 45
  • Amount of lines: 12
  • Average number of symbols per line: 40 (medium-length strings)
  • 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; in is repeated.

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

If you write a school or university poetry essay, you should Include in your explanation of the poem:

  • summary of These Men;
  • central theme;
  • idea of the verse;
  • history of its creation;
  • critical appreciation.

Good luck in your poetry interpretation practice!

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