This is an analysis of the poem A Radical War Song that begins with:

Awake, arise, the hour is come,
For rows and revolutions; ... full text

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  • Rhyme scheme: ababaXab Xcdcefef gfgfdcdc hchcicic hghgbibb jfjfajaj hXhfkjkj hchcXXib bbbbhlhlXhghgjcjc
  • Stanza lengths (in strings): 8,8,8,8,8,8,8,8,17,
  • Closest metre: iambic tetrameter
  • –°losest rhyme: alternate rhyme
  • –°losest stanza type: tercets
  • Guessed form: ballad stanza
  • Metre: 010101001 1111010 11011111 1101010 11011101 1011110 11010101 0101011 11110100 1011011 11010101 01000011 10110101 0101110 11000111 0101010 01110111 0101010 11111101 1111010 01110111 0111011 010100101 110011001 10010111 0101011 01010111 1101011 01110111 1111111 11011101 1101011 01110001 0100010 11010101 1101010 11010101 1100010 11111101 1111100 11010101 0111010 10011101 0101010 1100101101 1111010 11010101 0101010 111110011 1101110 11010111 0101110 01010011 11001111 110010101 1101010 11010111 1111011 110011101 1101111 10110111 1101110 11010001 1101010 101101110 1101110 11010101 1101010 11010111 0101110 11010101 1110010 11011101 1100110 11010111 1100110 11110101 0101011 01010001 11011001
  • Amount of stanzas: 10
  • Average number of symbols per stanza: 274
  • Average number of words per stanza: 47
  • Amount of lines: 80
  • 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; and, his, one, your, in are repeated.

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

    The poet repeated the same word sir at the end of some neighboring stanzas. The poetic device is a kind of epiphora.

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