This is an analysis of the poem On The Loss Of The Royal George that begins with:

Written when the news arrived.
Toll for the brave!... full text

Elements of the verse: questions and answers

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  • Rhyme scheme: a Bcbc bada eXXf Bgfg dhhh Xggg ieie agXg gXac
  • Stanza lengths (in strings): 1,4,4,4,4,4,4,4,4,4,
  • Closest metre: iambic trimeter
  • –°losest rhyme: rima
  • –°losest stanza type: sonnet
  • Guessed form: unknown form
  • Metre: 1010101 1101 011111 110101 111101 110001 110111 110101 110101 011101 111100 110101 010101 1101 110001 011101 010101 0110010 110101 111101 110111 011001 010101 110011 011101 10101 110111 110011 011101 010111 111101 1101010 110101 110001 0100110 1110110 110111
  • Amount of stanzas: 10
  • Average number of symbols per stanza: 98
  • Average number of words per stanza: 19
  • Amount of lines: 37
  • Average number of symbols per line: 26 (strings are less long than medium ones)
  • Average number of words per line: 5
  • Mood of the speaker:

    The punctuation marks are various. Neither mark predominates.

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

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

    The literary device anadiplosis is detected in two or more neighboring lines. The word/phrase brave connects the lines.

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