This is an analysis of the poem The Battle Of The Nile that begins with:

'Twas on the 18th of August in the year of 1798,
That Nelson saw with inexpressible delight... full text

Elements of the verse: questions and answers

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  • Rhyme scheme:
  • Stanza lengths (in strings):
  • Closest metre:
  • –°losest rhyme:
  • –°losest stanza type:
  • Guessed form:
  • Metre:
  • Amount of stanzas: 23
  • Average number of symbols per stanza: 228
  • Average number of words per stanza: 43
  • Amount of lines: 92
  • Average number of symbols per line: 56 (very long strings)
  • Average number of words per line: 11
  • Mood of the speaker:

    The punctuation marks are various. Neither mark predominates.

  • The author used lexical repetitions to emphasize a significant image; of, and, he, to, as, but, when are repeated.

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

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

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  • history of its creation;
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