This is an analysis of the poem Courage that begins with:

There were many who went in huddled procession,
They knew not whither;... full text

Elements of the verse: questions and answers

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  • Rhyme scheme: aXbb XXaX
  • Stanza lengths (in strings): 4,4,
  • Closest metre: trochaic tetrameter
  • –°losest rhyme: couplets
  • –°losest stanza type: tercets
  • Guessed form: unknown form
  • Metre: 101011010010 11110 111010110100 101100100 11111011 110010010 1100011101 1111110
  • Amount of stanzas: 2
  • Average number of symbols per stanza: 136
  • Average number of words per stanza: 25
  • Amount of lines: 8
  • Average number of symbols per line: 33 (medium-length strings)
  • 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; he is repeated.

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

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

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

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