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

So long as 'neath the Kalka hills
The tonga-horn shall ring,... full text

Elements of the verse: questions and answers

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  • Rhyme scheme: abcbadcdEX bfgfXXhXEX iajaXhXhEX fkikagfgEX kgdXXgXgEX leaelgggEX hjkjiadaEX
  • Stanza lengths (in strings): 10,10,10,10,10,10,10,
  • Closest metre: iambic tetrameter
  • –°losest rhyme: rima
  • –°losest stanza type: sonnet
  • Guessed form: unknown form
  • Metre: 11110101 010111 11110101 011101 11110101 010101 11110111 1101011 101111111 11110111 11110101 110101 11111101 110101 11110101 110111 11011101 110110 101111111 11111101 11110101 010101 11110101 0100001 11110101 110111 1010001000 110011 101111111 11011101 1111111 110001 11101111 110001 11110101 110101 111100100 010101 101111111 11110110 11111111 111101 11010101 010111 11110001 110101 11110101 110101 101111111 11111101 11111101 111111 01000101 111101 11000101 110101 10011011 110101 101111111 11010011 11010011 110111 11111101 110111 11010111 110111 11011100 010101 101111111 11110111
  • Amount of stanzas: 7
  • Average number of symbols per stanza: 310
  • Average number of words per stanza: 62
  • Amount of lines: 70
  • Average number of symbols per line: 30 (strings are less long than medium ones)
  • Average number of words per line: 6
  • Mood of the speaker:

    The punctuation marks are various. Neither mark predominates.

  • The author used lexical repetitions to emphasize a significant image; i, as, love, and, our, by are repeated.

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

    The author used the same words so, by at the beginnings of some neighboring stanzas. The figure of speech is a kind of anaphora.

    The poet repeated the same word i 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 An Old Song;
  • central theme;
  • idea of the verse;
  • history of its creation;
  • critical appreciation.

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