This is an analysis of the poem Perfect Union that begins with:

W.K.C.--3rd MARCH, 1879.
'A free man thinks of nothing so little as of death; and his wisdom is a meditation, not of death, but of life.'... full text

Elements of the verse: questions and answers

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  • Rhyme scheme: X X aabaab ccdeeX ffghhi aabgib jjbgib aaakka ggdkkd gilddl ddehhX
  • Stanza lengths (in strings): 1,1,6,6,6,6,6,6,6,6,6,
  • Closest metre: iambic tetrameter
  • –°losest rhyme: alternate rhyme
  • –°losest stanza type: tercets
  • Guessed form: ballad stanza
  • Metre: 1111 111101011010110100010101011010010 110101011 11010101 11010111 00010111 100100111 01110101 11010101 110101001 01110111 01100111 01010001 01100100 11010101 100110001 01000001 11110101 01010101 100110101 11110101 0110111 11110101 01110101 01011001 11111101 11110001 01000101 11011101 11010111 11010101 101010101 01011101 11110101 01010001 10111111 01010111 11111101 11111101 10110101 10111111 11011111 111101011 11011101 11110111 11000101 11111111 11111111 01010101 11110101 110100101 01101111 11010101 01111111 11111011 111111110
  • Amount of stanzas: 11
  • Average number of symbols per stanza: 180
  • Average number of words per stanza: 35
  • Amount of lines: 56
  • Average number of symbols per line: 35 (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; of, his, i, and are repeated.

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

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

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  • summary of Perfect Union;
  • central theme;
  • idea of the verse;
  • history of its creation;
  • critical appreciation.

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