This is an analysis of the poem The Souls Of The Slain. that begins with:

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The thick lids of Night closed upon me ... full text

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  • Rhyme scheme: a abccab X deffde X geeege X Xdfffd a hfXXhX a fhiiXX X dbcXdX X jeeeje X hfjjhX c cXXXcX a XXkkXX X lkcclX X iXXaiX X efiief X ekccek X gXffga
  • Stanza lengths (in strings): 1,6,1,6,1,6,1,6,1,6,1,6,1,6,1,6,1,6,1,6,1,6,1,6,1,6,1,6,1,6,1,6,
  • Closest metre: iambic trimeter
  • –°losest rhyme: no rhyme
  • –°losest stanza type: tercets
  • Guessed form: unknown form
  • Metre: 1 011011011 01101 001101 1010011001 1010110010111 01101 1 111010010 110001 101101 101101001 111010110010 01101 1 1010010110 01101 1110101 1111010001 1010110110110 01001 1 1110011100 01011 010011 1001111111 1011010010110 11001 1 1110110001110 11001 101101 10100101010 1110111110000 01010 1 1011010010 01011 001101 1110111001 111011101110110 0101100 1 10110110111 101111 111101 1110101100 1110101000110011 1011110 1 1010110110 11011 01011 011001001 111110111110 11011 1 1010111111 01101 1110110 1010010010 111110011111 0011000 1 10100111111 1101100 1001101 001101001 0010110110111 1101100 1 10110010101000 1011110 1001111 111101011 1011010011100 111110 1 1001011110 11011 111101 101011011 0111111110110 110110 1 1100110011 01011 1110100 1011011101 1111111110111 0101100 1 110011010 01001 101001 110111011 1010111010010 01101 1 1100010010 11101 100001 110011001 1011110010010 01001 1 1010011010 11100 101011 101011001 11001011110010 110011
  • Amount of stanzas: 32
  • Average number of symbols per stanza: 121
  • Average number of words per stanza: 19
  • Amount of lines: 112
  • 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.

  • The author used lexical repetitions to emphasize a significant image; and, or, your, him, deeds, our are repeated.

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

    The literary device anadiplosis is detected in two or more neighboring lines. The word/phrase deeds connects the lines.

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