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

The trumpets were calling me over the hill,
And I was a boy and knew nothing of men;... full text

Elements of the verse: questions and answers

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  • Rhyme scheme: abab cdcD efef gdgD bhbh idid gjgj kdkD
  • Stanza lengths (in strings): 4,4,4,4,4,4,4,4,
  • Closest metre: iambic pentameter
  • –°losest rhyme: alternate rhyme
  • –°losest stanza type: tercets
  • Guessed form: blank verse
  • Metre: 01001011001 11101111001 111101011001 11001001 01011111001 111001001011 01001011001 01011011 01001011001 11101111101 11111101101 11101001 111011011101 001011011011 111101011111 01011011 01001011101 111011111 101011011111 0101011001 111111011001 11111011 11111111101 101011011 01011011001 111001101 11101011001 01011011 11011001001 111111011011 111011011101 01011011
  • Amount of stanzas: 8
  • Average number of symbols per stanza: 179
  • Average number of words per stanza: 35
  • Amount of lines: 32
  • Average number of symbols per line: 44 (strings are more long than medium ones)
  • Average number of words per line: 9
  • Mood of the speaker:

    The punctuation marks are various. Neither mark predominates.

  • The author used lexical repetitions to emphasize a significant image; and, trumpets, for, i, calling are repeated.

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

    The author used the same word the at the beginnings of some neighboring stanzas. The figure of speech is a kind of anaphora.

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  • summary of The Trumpets;
  • central theme;
  • idea of the verse;
  • history of its creation;
  • critical appreciation.

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