This is an analysis of the poem Dirge For Two Veterans that begins with:

THE last sunbeam
Lightly falls from the finish'd Sabbath,... full text

Elements of the verse: questions and answers

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  • Rhyme scheme: XXab accc cXad aade fgfX dbhi ahXa iXge XXdb
  • Stanza lengths (in strings): 4,4,4,4,4,4,4,4,4,
  • Closest metre: trochaic tetrameter
  • Сlosest rhyme: rondeau rhyme
  • Сlosest stanza type: sonnet
  • Guessed form: unknown form
  • Metre: 0111 101001010 1010111010010 1011101 101010 1001010011 1001001110101 011101 1101010 1110101011101 101000101110 1010101 1101110 10111010 110010010101 11111 101010010 001110010111 110011101010 101010101 1101010 10111010 1011100101110 10111101 00101110 01001101010 111010101 0101010 1111111 11010110011111 1110111100100100 11111011 01111 10101011110 11111101100 11111
  • Amount of stanzas: 9
  • Average number of symbols per stanza: 167
  • Average number of words per stanza: 28
  • Amount of lines: 44
  • Average number of symbols per line: 35 (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; moon, and, o, my, you are repeated.

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

    The author used the same word i at the beginnings of some neighboring stanzas. The figure of speech is a kind of anaphora.

    There is a poetic device epiphora at the end of some neighboring lines moon is repeated).

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