This is an analysis of the poem Fort Wagner that begins with:

I.Glory unto the gallant boys who stood
At Wagner, and, unflinching, sought the van;... full text

Elements of the verse: questions and answers

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  • Rhyme scheme: ababcdcd X eaeadfdf X ghgheiec X ededajaj i ikikldld i mnmnekek
  • Stanza lengths (in strings): 8,1,8,1,8,1,8,1,8,1,8,
  • Closest metre: iambic pentameter
  • –°losest rhyme: shakespearean sonnet
  • –°losest stanza type: tercets
  • Guessed form: blank verse
  • Metre: 10010010111 1101010101 1011110101 1111011101 11011111010 100100100101 01011101110 1111010101 1 11001111110 10110100111 10111111110 1111010001 11111101010 0111100111 010010111110 0111011101 1 11110001110 0100110001 111111110010 1101011101 11110011010 1101010110 11010111110 1111010100 1 11001010001 11010010001 1011010101 1101110001 0111111010 110001010010 01111101010 11110111010 1 1101110010 1111010101 1101011001 0101000101 010001010111 1101010101 1100110011 1011011101 1 1111010111 1101000111 1101010101 1111111101 11100101010 01010010111 01010101010 0111110101
  • Amount of stanzas: 11
  • Average number of symbols per stanza: 203
  • Average number of words per stanza: 35
  • Amount of lines: 55
  • Average number of symbols per line: 40 (medium-length strings)
  • Average number of words per line: 7
  • Mood of the speaker:

    There are many exclamation marks in the poem. The speaker is excited. He or she has strong feelings on the subject that is described in the poem.

  • The author used lexical repetitions to emphasize a significant image; and, they, thee are repeated.

    The poet used anaphora at the beginnings of some neighboring lines. The same word the is repeated.

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  • summary of Fort Wagner;
  • central theme;
  • idea of the verse;
  • history of its creation;
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