This is an analysis of the poem The Unsung Heroes that begins with:

A song for the unsung heroes who rose in the country's need,
When the life of the land was threatened by the slaver's cruel greed,...

Elements of the verse: questions and answers

The information we provided is prepared by means of a special computer program. Use the criteria sheet to understand greatest poems or improve your poetry analysis essay.

  • Rhyme scheme: aabb aXcX ccXX aadd eeaa aacc ffaaXffaa
  • Stanza lengths (in strings): 4,4,4,4,4,4,9,
  • Closest metre: iambic pentameter
  • Сlosest rhyme: rondeau rhyme
  • Сlosest stanza type: tercets
  • Guessed form: blank verse
  • Metre: 011001101100101 1010011101010101 10111001111001101 11011110100101001 110100101101001 1011110110110101 111110111111001 1111111011111101 110011101011100 10111110101101101 01111100111010 11110111101111101 1101110110111 11101010010101 1101111110111 10111001101010101 11011010010101 101001010111100 101111100100101 1011101001011011111 11010010110011 1101101110111101 11101101111101101 1111100101110111 1111010010011 01110101101101 11110110110001 1010110101110111 01100110110101 10100110111110101 011001101110101 11110101110101
  • Amount of stanzas: 8
  • Average number of symbols per stanza: 273
  • Average number of words per stanza: 53
  • Amount of lines: 32
  • Average number of symbols per line: 68 (very long strings)
  • Average number of words per line: 13
  • Mood of the speaker:

    The punctuation marks are various. Neither mark predominates.

  • The author used lexical repetitions to emphasize a significant image; who, of, they, and, on, in, them, down, their, lines, that, to are repeated.

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

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

    The poet repeated the same word ' at the end of some neighboring stanzas. The poetic device is a kind of epiphora.

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

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

Good luck in your poetry interpretation practice!

More information about poems by Paul Laurence Dunbar