This is an analysis of the poem Marching Song that begins with:

Bring the comb and play upon it!
Marching, here we come! ... full text

Elements of the verse: questions and answers

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  • Rhyme scheme: abab cXcX dede fgfg
  • Stanza lengths (in strings): 4,4,4,4,
  • Closest metre: trochaic tetrameter
  • –°losest rhyme: rima
  • –°losest stanza type: tercets
  • Guessed form: unknown form
  • Metre: 10111010 10111 10101010 10101 10101010 10101 10101110 10100 10011010 10101 10101010 10101 10101110 10101 11101010 11101
  • Amount of stanzas: 4
  • Average number of symbols per stanza: 113
  • Average number of words per stanza: 19
  • Amount of lines: 16
  • Average number of symbols per line: 28 (strings are less long than medium ones)
  • Average number of words per line: 5
  • Mood of the speaker:

    There are many exclamation marks in the poem. The speaker is excited. He or she has strong feelings on the subject that is described in the poem.

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  • summary of Marching Song;
  • central theme;
  • idea of the verse;
  • history of its creation;
  • critical appreciation.

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