This is an analysis of the poem The Record that begins with:

HE sleeps, his head upon his sword,
His soldier's cloak a shroud;... full text

Elements of the verse: questions and answers

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  • Rhyme scheme: aaaa Xaba cdXd efgf Xheh dghg aaga gcbc Xfbf
  • Stanza lengths (in strings): 4,4,4,4,4,4,4,4,4,
  • Closest metre: iambic trimeter
  • –°losest rhyme: alternate rhyme
  • –°losest stanza type: sonnet
  • Guessed form: unknown form
  • Metre: 11010101 010101 01100101 110101 01110111 111001 01010101 000101 01110111 101101 11111101 110101 01110101 010101 10010111 000101 11110101 101111 11010101 010111 11011101 100101 11010101 011101 11110011 011111 11010101 111101 01010111 010101 01111110 100101 110010111 110101 01110111 010101
  • Amount of stanzas: 9
  • Average number of symbols per stanza: 125
  • Average number of words per stanza: 24
  • Amount of lines: 36
  • Average number of symbols per line: 31 (strings are less long than medium ones)
  • Average number of words per line: 6
  • Mood of the speaker:

    The punctuation marks are various. Neither mark predominates.

  • The author used lexical repetitions to emphasize a significant image; his is repeated.

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

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

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

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