This is an analysis of the poem O Canada! that begins with:

O Canada! Our home and native land!
True patriot love in all thy sons command....

Elements of the verse: questions and answers

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  • Rhyme scheme: aabcdc eccc ffeCXc eD bbbCac eD ggcaca
  • Stanza lengths (in strings): 6,4,6,2,6,2,6,
  • Closest metre: iambic tetrameter
  • Сlosest rhyme: alternate rhyme
  • Сlosest stanza type: tercets
  • Guessed form: ballad stanza
  • Metre: 1100111101 11001011101 01011111 011111 11111100 111111 01 110010011 1111111111 1100111111 1100111101 1101110101 11011101 010101 11011111 111111 01 1100100111100 1100011101 1101110101 01111100 010101 11010101 111111 01 1100100111100 1001110101 11010011101 11011101 010101 11010101 110111
  • Amount of stanzas: 7
  • Average number of symbols per stanza: 146
  • Average number of words per stanza: 27
  • Amount of lines: 32
  • Average number of symbols per line: 31 (strings are less long than medium ones)
  • Average number of words per line: 6
  • 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.

  • The author used lexical repetitions to emphasize a significant image; we, on, guard, stand are repeated.

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

    There is a poetic device epiphora at the end of some neighboring lines thee is repeated).

    The poet repeated the same word thee 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 O Canada!;
  • central theme;
  • idea of the verse;
  • history of its creation;
  • critical appreciation.

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