This is an analysis of the poem On Seeing A Piece Of Our Heavy Artillery Brought Into Action that begins with:

Be slowly lifted up, thou long black arm,
Great Gun towering towards Heaven, about to curse;... full text

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  • Rhyme scheme: abbaabba XcXcdd
  • Stanza lengths (in strings): 8,6,
  • Closest metre: iambic pentameter
  • –°losest rhyme: limerick
  • –°losest stanza type: tercets
  • Guessed form: sonnet with iambic pentameter or irregular meter
  • Metre: 0101011111 1110001100101 1101011001 1100010101 1111001111 1101010111 1101010101 1101011101 1111111100 1101000100 0101111101 10010010100 1111010111 1111111011
  • Amount of stanzas: 2
  • Average number of symbols per stanza: 312
  • Average number of words per stanza: 55
  • Amount of lines: 14
  • Average number of symbols per line: 44 (strings are more long than medium ones)
  • Average number of words per line: 8
  • Mood of the speaker:

    The punctuation marks are various. Neither mark predominates.

  • The author used lexical repetitions to emphasize a significant image; our is repeated.

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