This is an analysis of the poem The Guides At Cabul that begins with:

Sons of the Island race, wherever ye dwell,
Who speak of your fathers' battles with lips that burn,... full text

Elements of the verse: questions and answers

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  • Rhyme scheme: ababbcc cbcbbdd ceceeff bebeXcc gfgffcX fhfhhff
  • Stanza lengths (in strings): 7,7,7,7,7,7,
  • Closest metre: iambic pentameter
  • –°losest rhyme: couplets
  • –°losest stanza type: tercets
  • Guessed form: heroic couplets
  • Metre: 10010101011 110110100111 010110010111 11110011101 1101110110101 010101001001 01111010101 101101001001001 10100100111 10010101101 010101101001 111100100111 101010011111 111101001001 111100101111 11010101 1111011011 100101101001 100100101011 10111111101 110011011111 10111011001001 1010100110111 11111010111 11110100101 0101001001001 1011010111 0101011111001 1011011111101 11110100101111 11111111111 111101111111 110101011001 010110100111 100111011001 101110101 00110010111 11010011101 01111101101 111101111 10100110111 001110110111
  • Amount of stanzas: 6
  • Average number of symbols per stanza: 354
  • Average number of words per stanza: 68
  • Amount of lines: 42
  • Average number of symbols per line: 50 (strings are more long than medium ones)
  • Average number of words per line: 10
  • Mood of the speaker:

    The punctuation marks are various. Neither mark predominates.

  • The author used lexical repetitions to emphasize a significant image; of, and, that, we, ye, they are repeated.

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

If you write a school or university poetry essay, you should Include in your explanation of the poem:

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

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