This is an analysis of the poem Grass From The Battle-Field that begins with:

Small sheaf
Of withered grass, that hast not yet revealed... full text

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  • Rhyme scheme: abcbd cadceefXfggcbchcbchbfbbfihiXjihkjebfbllbcbecbmbbbmmnn cncfcXXnhoohimmiiii fbfbhllhjkdk jjjjjeebombbXbcXmmcmcjjpcpmcmjbccbmjj bcXcjom ccXiocicX bbbjbjbbjddhh hffjj jhcchj hbhllb ccddjmcbmbbbmilccjiljkihjjhhhhhbbiccXffbbjclcbblbbppccbcc bn
  • Stanza lengths (in strings): 5,53,19,12,37,7,9,13,5,6,6,57,24,26,53,51,5,
  • Closest metre: iambic tetrameter
  • Сlosest rhyme: enclosed rhyme
  • Сlosest stanza type: sonnet
  • Guessed form: unknown form
  • Metre: 11 0101111101 1101111111 11010101 1111110111 1111111101 01010101 11010111 00011101 0010101 11110101 10010101 11010110 1101001010100 10010101 0110001 1111111101 11110101 11110101 1111 101111 110010101 100101011 1101010101 11101001011 0101111101 01010101001 1111010111 1001010001 1101011011 0111011101 01001011111 1111010100 0101110101 1101010001 1111010101 1011010100 0101010101 01011101 011010111 10110101011 110101 1111110111 110101 0101 01010101 110101 10011010101 1001010101 0111011101 100101 1001 10001010111 110111 1111 1101 1011010101 110101010101 110101 11010101 1001010101 1101010101 1101010111 1100101101 01001100 011101 11010010011 10110110110 1101110 110101 1111010101 01110001 1111111101 010111111101 11111110 01110111 111111010101 0101011101 110111 01100101 0100101 101101 0101010101 11111101001 110101 11101011010111 11101010 101101101011 111010110 010101 1101010111 1101111111 1111011101 010101 100101 010101 1111110101 11010101010 1001111101 11001010001 10110100101 10010101110 11010111001 1101110001 10010101010 1011011101 1001011101 1001011101 01111001001 1101010001 1011011011 1101110011 11010001 0101011101 111101 1111 1101000101 0101010101 1111010111 1101011100 010010010101 101101 1110111 11110010111 0111011111 0101110101 1101011111 0101100101 1101011101 1111010110 1111011101 110110101010 110101010111 111101 111101 1101011111 1101011111 01110110100 1100110101 10001010111 11111101111 010111 111111 1011010111 1111110101 0101010101 110001 110101 1101010101 100101 1101110101 11011101 01010101 10011011101 11111100101 1101100111 1001010111 0101000101 110101 1111010011 11110111 1101110011 100111101 110010101 100101 101100101011 011111 1101 1111110111 111101 110101 11111101 10111 01010101 0101100101 1111 1010101 1010111 10001 1111 1101010001 11 01111011 1010101 110111 101110101 1101000101 1010101 110101 10101 10101 100110010101 01110101 11111100 1111100101 1101110001 1101110101 010101 010101001 0100111 1101010111 11001 1101 11100010101 0101010101 1101011111 011100101 010101001 0010101 111101 1001000111 11111 11110111 1011110111 11110111 0101001 1100111001 0101110101 110111 011111 011101 001111 01011101101 1101 1111011101 0101001 0110010101 111101 110101010101 11010111 11010101 11101110011 1111111 1111 110111 0101010001 1101010011 111111 1110111101 111101 1111110101 1101010101 01010101 10111111 11111101 01011101 010111 1111100101 11111101 0101010011 111111 11110101 1111010101 111100 0101011111 0101010111 0111110101 11010010001 011101 0101011100 0100011111 1110110011 110101 11010001001 10100100 010101 0101111101 11001010111 01010101 010111 01010101 0101110101 110101 1100101 10100101 1011010111 1101 10010101 011101 11101 10101 01001010101 0111001101 1011110111 100111 0111111111 01001011101 1011101101 1111010101 1101010100111 11010101 11111111 11010101 00101101 01111011 1101 100101 111101 010101 1101111101 0111000011 1101110101001 111 1111010111 01011101 11000101 01111 111110111 1111101 11101111 11110101 1010111 1000011 110101 1101 10101 01110001 01010100 11010101 11010100 11010111 11011101 11011101 11110101 1101111 0101011 1011001 01110101 01100111 11011001 11 01010101111 110111 110100 0111000101 11101110011 1010101 01010111 010101110101 1101001101 11110111 10011111 1100101010101 1110011 00111 1110101 111010001 101111 011100 1101 01011011 11110001 1110111 1111010101 110101001 010101 110111 11010100101 11010100001 11011111 110101 1001010101 110101 1001010101 111101 11101 10010101 1111011 100111 11010010101 00010101 101010101 011000101 110101 110111 010010001001 1101110101 01 111111110 111101 110111010 111100 010101 1111 111111 1101010001 100101110101
  • Amount of stanzas: 17
  • Average number of symbols per stanza: 794
  • Average number of words per stanza: 153
  • Amount of lines: 403
  • Average number of symbols per line: 33 (medium-length strings)
  • Average number of words per line: 7
  • Mood of the speaker:

    The punctuation marks are various. Neither mark predominates.

  • The author used lexical repetitions to emphasize a significant image; i, and, by, that, in, as, of, hand, it, dead, my, her are repeated.

    The poet used anaphora at the beginnings of some neighboring lines. The same words and, blows, i, the, of, was 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.

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

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