This is an analysis of the poem Friend In The Desolate Time that begins with:

Friend, in the desolate time, when your soul is enshrouded in darkness
When, in a deep abyss, memory and feeling die out,...

Elements of the verse: questions and answers

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  • Rhyme scheme: aXXXbXXbbXaaaXXX
  • Stanza lengths (in strings): 16,
  • Closest metre: trochaic pentameter
  • –°losest rhyme: no rhyme
  • –°losest stanza type: sonnet
  • Guessed form: unknown form
  • Metre: 10010011110010010 10010110011011 101100100110011010 1111011001001 101110101010110 11010011101011 11111110010010 10110111011001 101111001010010 1011001100101 11010010110010010 10110111001011 110101110100010 10110011111001 110111110010010 10010011001001
  • Amount of stanzas: 1
  • Average number of symbols per stanza: 986
  • Average number of words per stanza: 168
  • Amount of lines: 16
  • Average number of symbols per line: 61 (very long strings)
  • Average number of words per line: 11
  • Mood of the speaker:

    The punctuation marks are various. Neither mark predominates.

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

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