This is an analysis of the poem In Memory Of Major Robert Gregory that begins with:

Now that we're almost settled in our house
I'll name the friends that cannot sup with us ... full text

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  • Rhyme scheme: aabbcddc cceecXXc ccfgceec eehheaae XiXjkiik lbmmdiid jjnnXccX ccaaeeee iiiieFge aacciFgi hheelFgl ccccoeeo
  • Stanza lengths (in strings): 8,8,8,8,8,8,8,8,8,8,8,8,
  • Closest metre: iambic pentameter
  • –°losest rhyme: alternate rhyme
  • –°losest stanza type: tercets
  • Guessed form: blank verse
  • Metre: 1111110011 1101110101 0101001011010 110101110 1101010101 100000101 11010011 11101101101 1111011101 1111010111 1101010101 00010011 1101110111 11011111 01111100 1111001111 1001010101 1101010111 11000011101 1001100 1101110101 011010111 01010001 010001010111 1110011111 1101010111 1101110001 111100111 01110110101 001100101 01110101 100110101 1111011100 01001110101 110011111000 111111110 1101111101 110010101 11010111 1011010100 10110101001 01001111100 1111010101 1011101 1101001101 11111111 11011011 1101100001 1110010111 0111011101 1111101111 01011011 0111010101 10110111 01011101 11101100100 1001010111 01010001001 1100011101 11011101 11001100101 11111110 11010101 1101010101 1110110101 0111110111 01110111001 11110100 0101011001 1010101 111100100 01101000101 11011111001 01101000001 11110011101 11010101 0101010101 1010101 11101100 1111111101 1111010101 001010010111 1111101101 01100111 0101110011 1010101 11110100 1111111111 11110110011 1101001101 1111111111 11010101 01100101011 01010101 01010101 0111111111
  • Amount of stanzas: 12
  • Average number of symbols per stanza: 324
  • Average number of words per stanza: 58
  • Amount of lines: 96
  • Average number of symbols per line: 40 (medium-length strings)
  • Average number of words per line: 7
  • Mood of the speaker:

    The punctuation marks are various. Neither mark predominates.

  • The author used lexical repetitions to emphasize a significant image; that, and, in, he are repeated.

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

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

    The poet repeated the same word dead at the end of some neighboring stanzas. The poetic device is a kind of epiphora.

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