This is an analysis of the poem Her Last Letter that begins with:

Sitting alone by the window,
Watching the moonlit street,... full text

Elements of the verse: questions and answers

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  • Rhyme scheme: abcbdcec efbfcghg dihijifi dkikblfl fbhbhfbf dmemXiai hcechfif dijiXfbf bijidnfn hfcfXcec cmkmXocoXhfofcbhb
  • Stanza lengths (in strings): 8,8,8,8,8,8,8,8,8,8,17,
  • Closest metre: trochaic tetrameter
  • –°losest rhyme: alternate rhyme
  • –°losest stanza type: tercets
  • Guessed form: unknown form
  • Metre: 10011010 100111 1011010 00111011 11010010 111101 111011111 11111001 111101010 11101001 1111111111 1011111 101101110 0101111 10011010 11100011 10110010 1111101 1011011010 1011111 11111110 0010111 110110111 1111111 11111010 1111111 11110111 0110101 11111110 101011001 11111011 1111111 1111111 110111 111111010 101101 001110010 0111001 1010010010 1110111 111111110 11101001 101110010 1101111 11111110 1111111 11011010 010111 11010010 1100101 111101010 11100101 11010110 1101110 111111011 1111101 11110010 1100101 111111010 0011111 101010110 101101 1010110011 1101111 11110110 01101111 11111110 1111101 001001110 0111101 111011111 1110101 1011110010 0100111 01101010 1011101 01010010 111101 011110010 111101 01111010 1100101 010011111 11101111 1111100 1100101 011010010 011111 110011110 1101001 10110110 10101101 01111110 1100111 101010010 1111101
  • Amount of stanzas: 12
  • Average number of symbols per stanza: 260
  • Average number of words per stanza: 53
  • Amount of lines: 106
  • Average number of symbols per line: 29 (strings are less long than medium ones)
  • Average number of words per line: 6
  • Mood of the speaker:

    The punctuation marks are various. Neither mark predominates.

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

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

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

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

  • summary of Her Last Letter;
  • central theme;
  • idea of the verse;
  • history of its creation;
  • critical appreciation.

Good luck in your poetry interpretation practice!

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