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

MEDICAL SOCIETY, 1859... full text

Elements of the verse: questions and answers

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  • Rhyme scheme: XX XaXa bcbc dcdc eaeaXcaca
  • Stanza lengths (in strings): 2,4,4,4,9,
  • Closest metre: iambic tetrameter
  • Сlosest rhyme: limerick
  • Сlosest stanza type: tercets
  • Guessed form: unknown form
  • Metre: 1010001010 10001001 1010111010 110101 01111111 010101 01011101 010111 101101001 110111 11010101 111111 01010001 111011 111001111 101111 01010101 110001 11010111 010101 11010101 010110
  • Amount of stanzas: 6
  • Average number of symbols per stanza: 120
  • Average number of words per stanza: 22
  • Amount of lines: 22
  • Average number of symbols per line: 32 (medium-length strings)
  • 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; of is repeated.

    The poet used anaphora at the beginnings of some neighboring lines. The same words the, for are repeated.

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

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