This is an analysis of the poem The Combat. By Etty that begins with:

THEY fled,--for there was for the brave
Left only a dishonour'd grave.... full text

Elements of the verse: questions and answers

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  • Rhyme scheme: aabbccddee bbccddbbccff bbbbggbbeeddhh XXdXiijj dXkkbbcc
  • Stanza lengths (in strings): 10,12,14,8,8,
  • Closest metre: iambic tetrameter
  • –°losest rhyme: couplets
  • –°losest stanza type: sonnet
  • Guessed form: unknown form
  • Metre: 11111101 110010001 01111011 11010101 01000101 01010101 01010101 11110111 10010111 01111101 11111101 111100101 11110101 11010011 11010101 11010101 111010101 11111101 110100101 11011101 101110001 01110001 11110101 11111101 11111011 10110001 11011111 10111111 11011111 01111101 10011111 01010111 11010101 11011111 11101101 1101001111 111101100 10010101 01110111 00110100 10011101 11110101 10011101 11010001 01011001 1010110100 10111001 10011101 11010101 10111101 11110001 11010101
  • Amount of stanzas: 5
  • Average number of symbols per stanza: 383
  • Average number of words per stanza: 73
  • Amount of lines: 52
  • Average number of symbols per line: 36 (medium-length strings)
  • Average number of words per line: 7
  • Mood of the speaker:

    The punctuation marks are various. Neither mark predominates.

  • The author used lexical repetitions to emphasize a significant image; and, his 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 they at the beginnings of some neighboring stanzas. The figure of speech is a kind of anaphora.

    The literary device anadiplosis is detected in two or more neighboring lines. The word/phrase fly connects the lines.

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  • summary of The Combat. By Etty;
  • central theme;
  • idea of the verse;
  • history of its creation;
  • critical appreciation.

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