This is an analysis of the poem To My Sister that begins with:

On 4th August, 1853.
Being three days before he sailed for Australia.... full text

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  • Rhyme scheme: XX ababcdcd efeXegeg gbgbdfdf dhdhdada aea ebgbg fgfgcici jfjfcdcd kekefbfb lelefmfm fdXdbab a efefngng blblcfcf bfbfojoj
  • Stanza lengths (in strings): 2,8,8,8,8,3,5,8,8,8,8,7,1,8,8,8,
  • Closest metre: iambic trimeter
  • –°losest rhyme: alternate rhyme
  • –°losest stanza type: tercets
  • Guessed form: unknown form
  • Metre: 11101 101101111010 01010111 110111 11110101 110101 11111101 110111 10110110 110101 11011101 110111 11110111 111100 11110111 111111 11011101 111101 11110101 010101 10110101 111111 11111001 010101 11010111 110101 110101001 111101 11011101 110111 01010101 011101 10111101 1011001 11011101 111111 11011111 110111 11110101 010011 11110101 110101 01110011 110111 01110001 110101 01100001 010001 01011111 011111 11111101 0100001 11110111 1101001 11011101 100111 11000101 110101 00111111 111111 11110101 110101 11110101 010111 11110101 110101 11111101 111101 01100111 0011101 11110101 111011 11111111 011111 10011101 111101 11011101 1101001 11110111 010101 11110101 110101 01110111 110101 11110101 110011 11110111 110101 101010101 110101 11010101 010101 11110101 111101 11111101 110101 01110101 010111 10111111 0100101 11010101 011101 11110101 011001 01011101 010111
  • Amount of stanzas: 16
  • Average number of symbols per stanza: 204
  • Average number of words per stanza: 39
  • Amount of lines: 106
  • Average number of symbols per line: 30 (strings are less long than medium ones)
  • Average number of words per line: 6
  • 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; my, and, as, what, i are repeated.

    The poet used anaphora at the beginnings of some neighboring lines. The same words and, my, a, what, that, i are repeated.

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