This is an analysis of the poem On The Murder Of Lieutenant Jose Del Castillo that begins with:

When the Lieutenant of the Guardia de Asalto
heard the automatic go off, he turned...

Elements of the verse: questions and answers

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  • Rhyme scheme: XaXbXbaXXbcdefXggaXchXXeXaddfahdfbXec
  • Stanza lengths (in strings): 37,
  • Closest metre: iambic tetrameter
  • –°losest rhyme: no rhyme
  • –°losest stanza type: sonnet
  • Guessed form: unknown form
  • Metre: 10010001000100 1010101111 110101101 01001101 011000101 0110100111 11001001 0101010010 1111110 1111111011 1011110 1101111001 10100111 010110011 01010111101 0101010 101100110 111000110 01100101000 010010111 1010101 11100111110 111001110 10101011 01000101 1101010111 0100100101 1110110 11010101 00111111110 11101001 101001101 001011001 11101001001 1101101111000 11110101 1111011001
  • Amount of stanzas: 1
  • Average number of symbols per stanza: 1376
  • Average number of words per stanza: 257
  • Amount of lines: 37
  • Average number of symbols per line: 36 (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, and are repeated.

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

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