This is an analysis of the poem Vies Manquees that begins with:

A YEAR ago we walked the wood--
A year ago to-day; ... full text

Elements of the verse: questions and answers

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  • Rhyme scheme: abab cdcd Xeae fbfb dcdc baba bgbg
  • Stanza lengths (in strings): 4,4,4,4,4,4,4,
  • Closest metre: iambic tetrameter
  • –°losest rhyme: alternate rhyme
  • –°losest stanza type: tercets
  • Guessed form: ballad stanza
  • Metre: 01011101 010101 01010101 1001101 11010111 111101 01010111 110101 011101100 1101101 11010001 010111 11010001 110101 11111111 111101 01110111 010111 11011101 0101101 01010101 110101 11010101 111101 11010111 1100101 11111111 111111
  • Amount of stanzas: 7
  • Average number of symbols per stanza: 128
  • Average number of words per stanza: 24
  • Amount of lines: 34
  • Average number of symbols per line: 26 (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; of, and, too, much, again are repeated.

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

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

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  • summary of Vies Manquees;
  • central theme;
  • idea of the verse;
  • history of its creation;
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