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

Mr. FISHER AMES BUELL, died at Hartford, May 19th, 1861, aged 25, and
Mr. HENRY R. BUELL, on his voyage to Europe, June 20th, 1862, aged... full text

Elements of the verse: questions and answers

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  • Rhyme scheme: aaX bcbc aaaa dede dede fafa
  • Stanza lengths (in strings): 3,4,4,4,4,4,
  • Closest metre: iambic pentameter
  • –°losest rhyme: couplets
  • –°losest stanza type: tercets
  • Guessed form: heroic couplets
  • Metre: 10101101110111111 101011010100101111 101010010101101010 1111001101 1011101101 11010001101 0101001001 1101010101 1101010101 110101000101 0101010101 0101011101 11010101001 1101010101 1111000101 11110100111 1101010101 01001010101 1000010011 1101011101 0101010101 1101010101 1100110111
  • Amount of stanzas: 6
  • Average number of symbols per stanza: 179
  • Average number of words per stanza: 31
  • Amount of lines: 24
  • Average number of symbols per line: 44 (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; mr, buell, of, their, his, to are repeated.

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

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

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

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