This is an analysis of the poem Thinking Of The Past that begins with:

In an idle hour I thought of former days;
And former friends seemed to be standing in the room....

Elements of the verse: questions and answers

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  • Rhyme scheme: abXaaXXXXcXded XXafdXfbcc XgegaXXX
  • Stanza lengths (in strings): 14,10,8,
  • Closest metre: iambic pentameter
  • –°losest rhyme: no rhyme
  • –°losest stanza type: sonnet
  • Guessed form: blank verse
  • Metre: 011010110101 110110010001 111101111 11011110001001 11100101 1010101011001 111101 101111011001 1010101001 1111100111 01110011 1011010101 11110111101 1101110001 10111101011 110100100101 11011 10100100111 11011010101 11100101100 110111101 1111100101 01110100111 0111001101 111100101 1111111111 1011011101 11101111 0101110010100 1111111100 111110111011 111010101
  • Amount of stanzas: 3
  • Average number of symbols per stanza: 463
  • Average number of words per stanza: 87
  • Amount of lines: 32
  • Average number of symbols per line: 42 (strings are more long than medium ones)
  • Average number of words per line: 8
  • Mood of the speaker:

    The punctuation marks are various. Neither mark predominates.

  • The author used lexical repetitions to emphasize a significant image; i is repeated.

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

If you write a school or university poetry essay, you should Include in your explanation of the poem:

  • summary of Thinking Of The Past;
  • central theme;
  • idea of the verse;
  • history of its creation;
  • critical appreciation.

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