This is an analysis of the poem Sonnet To A Friend that begins with:

Friend of my earliest years and childish days,
My joys, my sorrows, thou with me hast shared,... full text

Elements of the verse: questions and answers

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  • Rhyme scheme: abbaaXXXXbcXbc
  • Stanza lengths (in strings): 14,
  • Closest metre: iambic pentameter
  • –°losest rhyme: limerick
  • –°losest stanza type: sonnet
  • Guessed form: sonnet with iambic pentameter or irregular meter
  • Metre: 10110001101 1111010111 0101110111 1101110101 0001011101 0111110111 11010111001 0101111100 11001111010 0101111101 10010101001 1101011101 1111001101 1111001001
  • Amount of stanzas: 1
  • Average number of symbols per stanza: 613
  • Average number of words per stanza: 108
  • Amount of lines: 14
  • Average number of symbols per line: 43 (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; my, as, and are repeated.

    The poet used anaphora at the beginnings of some neighboring lines. The same word and is repeated.

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  • summary of Sonnet To A Friend;
  • central theme;
  • idea of the verse;
  • history of its creation;
  • critical appreciation.

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