This is an analysis of the poem The Caffer Commando that begins with:

Hark! -- heard ye the signals of triumph afar?
'Tis our Caffer Commando returning from war:...

Elements of the verse: questions and answers

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  • Rhyme scheme: aabbccddeeffXXbb XXgghhiiee
  • Stanza lengths (in strings): 16,10,
  • Closest metre: iambic pentameter
  • Сlosest rhyme: couplets
  • Сlosest stanza type: sonnet
  • Guessed form: heroic couplets
  • Metre: 11101001001 111001101001 01011011101 11101011001 11111011011 101101011001 11101011001 101101001001 111111110001 101001111001 11001011001 01001111001 101001001010 001011001011 110110001001 101001001001 11001001010 101001111001 11010011 101001001011 101011001101 111101101001 101011011001 11001001001 101001001011 101011001001
  • Amount of stanzas: 2
  • Average number of symbols per stanza: 617
  • Average number of words per stanza: 115
  • Amount of lines: 26
  • Average number of symbols per line: 47 (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; for, and, in are repeated.

    The poet used anaphora at the beginnings of some neighboring lines. The same word and is repeated.

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

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