This is an analysis of the poem The Dead Drummer that begins with:

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They throw in Drummer Hodge, to rest ... full text

Elements of the verse: questions and answers

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  • Rhyme scheme: a bcbcbc X deXede X fafafX
  • Stanza lengths (in strings): 1,6,1,6,1,6,
  • Closest metre: iambic trimeter
  • –°losest rhyme: rima
  • –°losest stanza type: tercets
  • Guessed form: unknown form
  • Metre: 1 11010101 1000111 0110011 110101 11010101 110101 1 11010101 100101 01000110 110101 11100101 110101 1 11001011 111100 01010111 110101 11110101 110100
  • Amount of stanzas: 6
  • Average number of symbols per stanza: 121
  • Average number of words per stanza: 16
  • Amount of lines: 21
  • Average number of symbols per line: 34 (medium-length strings)
  • Average number of words per line: 5
  • Mood of the speaker:

    The punctuation marks are various. Neither mark predominates.

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  • summary of The Dead Drummer;
  • central theme;
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