This is an analysis of the poem Three Friends that begins with:

Of all the blessings which my life has known,
I value most, and most praise God for three: ... full text

Elements of the verse: questions and answers

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  • Rhyme scheme: XaX bcbd XdXe dfdc ghcg feahX
  • Stanza lengths (in strings): 3,4,4,4,4,5,
  • Closest metre: iambic pentameter
  • –°losest rhyme: alternate rhyme
  • –°losest stanza type: tercets
  • Guessed form: blank verse
  • Metre: 0101011111 1101111111 1100111111 110100101 11001111101 1101110101 1111010111 1111011101 1101010101 1101011101 1111010101 1100110001 1110000101 1101001100 1111010111 11111101101 0101000101 1111010001 1111111101 1111110111 1101011101 0111110111 1110010100 1101010101
  • Amount of stanzas: 6
  • Average number of symbols per stanza: 178
  • Average number of words per stanza: 32
  • Amount of lines: 24
  • Average number of symbols per line: 44 (strings are more long than medium ones)
  • Average number of words per line: 8
  • Mood of the speaker:

    The punctuation marks are various. Neither mark predominates.

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

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

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

  • summary of Three Friends;
  • central theme;
  • idea of the verse;
  • history of its creation;
  • critical appreciation.

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