This is an analysis of the poem When It Is Finished that begins with:

WHEN it is finished, Father, and we set
The war-stained buckler and the bright blade by,... full text

Elements of the verse: questions and answers

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  • Rhyme scheme: abaXccb dcdceeee
  • Stanza lengths (in strings): 7,8,
  • Closest metre: iambic tetrameter
  • Сlosest rhyme: rima
  • Сlosest stanza type: tercets
  • Guessed form: rondeau
  • Metre: 1001010111 01110010111 1101011101 111100 1011010111 1101110111 1000100 1100110111 1111000111 1111011101 101101 1111110111 1101001111 111111 1111
  • Amount of stanzas: 2
  • Average number of symbols per stanza: 288
  • Average number of words per stanza: 52
  • Amount of lines: 15
  • Average number of symbols per line: 38 (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; what, whose, their, no are repeated.

    The poet used anaphora at the beginnings of some neighboring lines. The same word no is repeated.

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  • summary of When It Is Finished;
  • central theme;
  • idea of the verse;
  • history of its creation;
  • critical appreciation.

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