This is an analysis of the poem The Hero Of Kalapore that begins with:

The 27th Regiment has mutinied at Kalapore;
That was the substance of a telegram, which caused great uproar,... full text

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  • Rhyme scheme: Xabb Xcdd aeff ggXa ffbb Xahh ffff ffff iiii hhbb ggXa ffcc cccc ccjj ggaa ccgg fXbb ggdd eakk
  • Stanza lengths (in strings): 4,4,4,4,4,4,4,4,4,4,4,4,4,4,4,4,4,4,4,
  • Closest metre: iambic pentameter
  • –°losest rhyme: couplets
  • –°losest stanza type: tercets
  • Guessed form: heroic couplets
  • Metre: 0110011001100 110100010111111 11001010001001 1101010010110101 100101 1010010110 101001011110100111 01111100101101011 1111111101 11010101010101 1010101001001 1101010100010100100 11101011111 111001010011001 110010001001100 11010100110011 101110111001 0101101011 101011010110101 1001000101011111 110010111100 011100110111 0101101101001001100 1111010000100100 10100100100111 010101111001 11111010101 1100111010101001 11011011111001 11101010110001 111100100010101 11010010101001 110110010001 11001101101110101 111010110011 11010010101001 1010111011000 11010101100 111010101111 101011010100101 11110101 1101011010110001 11101101110 11101001001 1110001011101001 10100101001 1010111101101001 11011010101 101111110 111110111001 01010101011101 101001110110101 11011101011001 10100101001 101101011001 101010110111 10101010111101 110000110111 11010110100100010101 1101100101011 110100101010 11010101001010 110011010101 010010110010011 11110110101 1101001011010 1100111010101 111100001010101 1110010101001 1001010101101 111101000100101 1110101011100110 11010110010101 101001010111001001 11101010101110011 110110101001001
  • Amount of stanzas: 19
  • Average number of symbols per stanza: 221
  • Average number of words per stanza: 40
  • Amount of lines: 76
  • Average number of symbols per line: 55 (very long strings)
  • Average number of words per line: 10
  • Mood of the speaker:

    The punctuation marks are various. Neither mark predominates.

  • The author used lexical repetitions to emphasize a significant image; of, their, his, and, to, them, without are repeated.

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

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

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