This is an analysis of the poem When You Go Away that begins with:

When you go away, my friend,
When you say your last good-bye, ... full text

Elements of the verse: questions and answers

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  • Rhyme scheme: abab cbcb dede fgfg ahdh ibib
  • Stanza lengths (in strings): 4,4,4,4,4,4,
  • Closest metre: trochaic tetrameter
  • –°losest rhyme: rima
  • –°losest stanza type: sonnet
  • Guessed form: unknown form
  • Metre: 1110111 1111101 1010101 1010001 10111010 1011101 10011010 1011101 1110011 1110101 1010101 1110101 10101010 1110101 10101010 1010101 1110111 1111101 1011101 1010101 10101010 1011111 10101010 1111111
  • Amount of stanzas: 6
  • Average number of symbols per stanza: 126
  • Average number of words per stanza: 24
  • Amount of lines: 24
  • Average number of symbols per line: 31 (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 are repeated.

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

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