This is an analysis of the poem Pensive On Her Dead Gazing, I Heard The Mother Of All that begins with:

PENSIVE, on her dead gazing, I heard the Mother of All,
Desperate, on the torn bodies, on the forms covering the battle-... full text

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  • Rhyme scheme: aaXbcXXbXdeXXXXbXddXeXccd
  • Stanza lengths (in strings): 25,
  • Closest metre: trochaic pentameter
  • Сlosest rhyme: no rhyme
  • Сlosest stanza type: sonnet
  • Guessed form: unknown form
  • Metre: 10101101101001 10010110101100010 110 101111010010110 1110010101111 010111111111111 111110 111010110111 11101111110110 1111000111111101 1110110111110 110100 11110110010110 11 1101111100100111 1010101 110011110010111100 11 00110110010111001 0101001101111101 101010 011010011111111 1001 1011111111110101 01001001101001
  • Amount of stanzas: 1
  • Average number of symbols per stanza: 1431
  • Average number of words per stanza: 224
  • Amount of lines: 25
  • Average number of symbols per line: 56 (very long strings)
  • 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; on, she, and, you, precious, in, give, me, o are repeated.

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

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

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