This is an analysis of the poem Alas, So Long! that begins with:

AH! dear one, we were young so long,
It seemed that youth would never go,... full text

Elements of the verse: questions and answers

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  • Rhyme scheme: ababbACCadaddACCaeaeeAcc
  • Stanza lengths (in strings): 24,
  • Closest metre: iambic tetrameter
  • –°losest rhyme: couplets
  • –°losest stanza type: sonnet
  • Guessed form: unknown form
  • Metre: 11110111 01111101 111101001 1100101 0011100111 0111 111010110 111011010 11110111 01110101 111011001 1111101 110100101 0111 111010110 111011010 11110111 11011101 110110111 1100101 011011011 0111 110010110 111101010
  • Amount of stanzas: 1
  • Average number of symbols per stanza: 805
  • Average number of words per stanza: 159
  • Amount of lines: 24
  • Average number of symbols per line: 33 (medium-length strings)
  • Average number of words per line: 7
  • Mood of the speaker:

    There are many exclamation marks in the poem. The speaker is excited. He or she has strong feelings on the subject that is described in the poem.

    The speaker asks many questions. Perhaps, he or she is in confusion.

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  • summary of Alas, So Long!;
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