This is an analysis of the poem A Poetry Reading At West Point that begins with:

I read to the entire plebe class,
in two batches. Twice the hall filled...

Elements of the verse: questions and answers

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  • Rhyme scheme: abXcde eXfbXc XgfdfX gXhXdX abhXfX Xf
  • Stanza lengths (in strings): 6,6,6,6,6,2,
  • Closest metre: trochaic tetrameter
  • Сlosest rhyme: no rhyme
  • Сlosest stanza type: tercets
  • Guessed form: unknown form
  • Metre: 110001011 01101011 010101110 010011111 11011101 10100001 101101 100001100100 11011111 10001011 100011011101 1011111 0101101110 111011011 10100110 101101010 1010111111 101100100 11010111 101111010 11101110 101011111 10110111 11001110 11111010 1011110001 01010010 010101001 10101011 111001110110 0100010
  • Amount of stanzas: 6
  • Average number of symbols per stanza: 188
  • Average number of words per stanza: 35
  • Amount of lines: 32
  • Average number of symbols per line: 34 (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; and, to, i are repeated.

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