This is an analysis of the poem A Good-Bye that begins with:

FAREWELL! How soon unmeasured distance rolls
Its leaden clouds between our parted souls! ... full text

Elements of the verse: questions and answers

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  • Rhyme scheme: aabbbb aaccbb ddeebX ccddbb ffbXbb
  • Stanza lengths (in strings): 6,6,6,6,6,
  • Closest metre: iambic pentameter
  • Сlosest rhyme: rondeau rhyme
  • Сlosest stanza type: tercets
  • Guessed form: blank verse
  • Metre: 11111000101 0101011101 1100110111 1111111110 11110110011 0101 0101011100 0101010101 0101010101 0101110101 0101010101 1101 1111011011 1101110001 11001110111 11110010111 1101010011 1101 1111111111 1111010111 1111111111 1101110101 0110110111 1101 1101010101 1111110101 1111110111 0100010101 1111111101 1101
  • Amount of stanzas: 5
  • Average number of symbols per stanza: 240
  • Average number of words per stanza: 48
  • Amount of lines: 34
  • Average number of symbols per line: 35 (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 author used lexical repetitions to emphasize a significant image; how, to, good, bye, no, so, been are repeated.

    The poet used anaphora at the beginnings of some neighboring lines. The same words good, no, could are repeated.

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

    The literary device anadiplosis is detected in two or more neighboring lines. The word/phrase so connects the lines.

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