This is an analysis of the poem During The War that begins with:

When my brother came home from war
he carried his left arm in a black sling...

Elements of the verse: questions and answers

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  • Rhyme scheme: abac decX fXbg hdXd cdXa dfXXXeheg
  • Stanza lengths (in strings): 4,4,4,4,4,9,
  • Closest metre: iambic pentameter
  • –°losest rhyme: alternate rhyme
  • –°losest stanza type: tercets
  • Guessed form: blank verse
  • Metre: 11101101 1100110011 1011100111 01110101011 1100111011 01001110110 11111111101 101011001 111101011 011010100 110100111 1011111011 10110001101 10101011001 110001101 1011111101 1111101011 1111101111 1100111010 011111110101 1111110101 1001110101 101110110110 1101001101 1101110101 10110111 100100110111 11110111010
  • Amount of stanzas: 7
  • Average number of symbols per stanza: 171
  • Average number of words per stanza: 33
  • Amount of lines: 28
  • Average number of symbols per line: 42 (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.

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  • summary of During The War;
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