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

Last night beneath the foreign stars I stood
And saw the thoughts of those at home go by... full text

Elements of the verse: questions and answers

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  • Rhyme scheme: abaXcbcadaecde
  • Stanza lengths (in strings): 14,
  • Closest metre: iambic pentameter
  • –°losest rhyme: rima
  • –°losest stanza type: sonnet
  • Guessed form: sonnet with iambic pentameter or irregular meter
  • Metre: 1101010111 1101011111 0011010101 0101011100 1001000101 0101111101 1101000100 1001011101 1110110101 1111100101 1111111101 1111111111 1101110101 10011111001
  • Amount of stanzas: 1
  • Average number of symbols per stanza: 601
  • Average number of words per stanza: 120
  • Amount of lines: 14
  • Average number of symbols per line: 42 (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 is repeated.

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

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

Good luck in your poetry interpretation practice!

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