This is an analysis of the poem When I Am Dead, My Dearest that begins with:

When I am dead, my dearest,
Sing no sad songs for me;... full text

Elements of the verse: questions and answers

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  • Rhyme scheme: abXbbaca XdXdaaca
  • Stanza lengths (in strings): 8,8,
  • Closest metre: iambic trimeter
  • –°losest rhyme: rondeau rhyme
  • –°losest stanza type: tercets
  • Guessed form: unknown form
  • Metre: 1111110 111111 11110111 110101 0011011 0101101 1011010 101101 1111011 111101 11110100 111001 1101011 111111 1011010 110101
  • Amount of stanzas: 2
  • Average number of symbols per stanza: 220
  • Average number of words per stanza: 44
  • Amount of lines: 16
  • Average number of symbols per line: 27 (strings are less long than medium ones)
  • Average number of words per line: 5
  • Mood of the speaker:

    The punctuation marks are various. Neither mark predominates.

  • The author used lexical repetitions to emphasize a significant image; and, i, not are repeated.

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

    The poet repeated the same word forget at the end of some neighboring stanzas. The poetic device is a kind of epiphora.

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