This is an analysis of the poem The Soldier's Funeral that begins with:

The muffled drum rolled on the air,
Warriors, with stately step, were there;... full text

Elements of the verse: questions and answers

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  • Rhyme scheme: aabbbb aacc ddee bbbb aaff bbbbXddbbdd
  • Stanza lengths (in strings): 6,4,4,4,4,11,
  • Closest metre: iambic tetrameter
  • –°losest rhyme: couplets
  • –°losest stanza type: sonnet
  • Guessed form: unknown form
  • Metre: 01011101 100010101 1100110111 1001111001 100101101 1101111001 0100111001 1011101001 101101101 101010100 1101110101 1100111001 1011011111 1110010101 110101101 11110101 1100100101 011110101 1110010111 1010110111 0110100111 10011100101 01011101 10101100001 0101100101 110111101 1101111 011100111 111110111 011110111 11010101 01011100101
  • Amount of stanzas: 7
  • Average number of symbols per stanza: 188
  • Average number of words per stanza: 36
  • Amount of lines: 32
  • 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; to, and, his are 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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