This is an analysis of the poem January 2nd that begins with:

How many have you broken up till now?
I know that yesterday you made a vow,... full text

Elements of the verse: questions and answers

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  • Rhyme scheme: aabba ccaac ddXXd eebbe
  • Stanza lengths (in strings): 5,5,5,5,
  • Closest metre: trochaic tetrameter
  • –°losest rhyme: rondeau rhyme
  • –°losest stanza type: tercets
  • Guessed form: unknown form
  • Metre: 1101110111 1111011101 11100110 11101110 111011101111 1111011101 1101010101 10111111 01101011 11001010011 11111110011 1111011111 10111010 1110100 11101010101 1111110001 11101110111 11011010 10101010 10101110111
  • Amount of stanzas: 4
  • Average number of symbols per stanza: 193
  • Average number of words per stanza: 37
  • Amount of lines: 20
  • Average number of symbols per line: 38 (medium-length strings)
  • Average number of words per line: 7
  • Mood of the speaker:

    The punctuation marks are various. Neither mark predominates.

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

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

    There is a poetic device epiphora at the end of some neighboring lines you is repeated).

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

  • summary of January 2nd;
  • central theme;
  • idea of the verse;
  • history of its creation;
  • critical appreciation.

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