This is an analysis of the poem The Young Letter Writer that begins with:

Dear Sir, Dear Madam, or Dear Friend,
With ease are written at the top;... full text

Elements of the verse: questions and answers

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  • Rhyme scheme: abab cdcd XdXX cXcX efef gbgb
  • Stanza lengths (in strings): 4,4,4,4,4,4,
  • Closest metre: iambic tetrameter
  • –°losest rhyme: alternate rhyme
  • –°losest stanza type: sonnet
  • Guessed form: ballad stanza
  • Metre: 11110111 01110101 11110111 01010101 11011101 10110101 011100111 0101111 11010101 11101101 11010110 100101010 11100111 010111100 01011001 010101010 10110110 11011001 11111111 10111101 1011100010 01011101 0100101110 10111111
  • Amount of stanzas: 6
  • Average number of symbols per stanza: 140
  • Average number of words per stanza: 27
  • Amount of lines: 29
  • Average number of symbols per line: 28 (strings are less long than medium ones)
  • Average number of words per line: 6
  • Mood of the speaker:

    The punctuation marks are various. Neither mark predominates.

  • The author used lexical repetitions to emphasize a significant image; dear, you are repeated.

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

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