This is an analysis of the poem Lines To A Friend Visiting America that begins with:

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Now farewell to you! you are... full text

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  • Rhyme scheme: a bcbc X dede X fgfX X fXfc a gcgc a bhbh X cici X aaaa X ajaj f klkl a caca X jmjm X fnfn X jljl X odod X pepe X djdj X bjXj X jgjg X fXXX X gcgc X gjXX X jeje X qjqX X clcl X ghgh X dfdf X rorX X gege X flfl X hjhj X gege X ekek X cjcX X gsgs X fafX X f
  • Stanza lengths (in strings): 1,4,1,4,1,4,1,4,1,4,1,4,1,4,1,4,1,4,1,4,1,4,1,4,1,4,1,4,1,4,1,4,1,4,1,4,1,4,1,4,1,4,1,4,1,4,1,4,1,4,1,4,1,4,1,4,1,4,1,4,1,4,1,4,1,4,1,4,1,4,1,4,1,4,1,4,1,4,1,4,1,4,6,
  • Closest metre: iambic tetrameter
  • –°losest rhyme: alternate rhyme
  • –°losest stanza type: sonnet
  • Guessed form: ballad stanza
  • Metre: 1 1110111 10110111 11010101 11011111 1 01010101 01100101 11111101 11111101 1 01010101 010101001 11011101 1100001100 1 111100111 01110110 01110111 11111101 1 01010111 111110111 1110100101 011101011 1 010010111 11010101 11000101 11010111 1 11111101 111000001 01000101 01110111 1 11001111 01011101 110010101 111100111 1 011110101 11010101 11010101 11111111 1 11010001 110001011 01110101 11110101 1 110100101 010010111 01110001 11111111 1 01010101 110100011 010110001 111111001 1 11010101 11011001 111111011 11010111 1 10111101 11010111 10011101 10010101 1 01100101 01011101 01111111 10110111 1 11111101 01010001 11110101 10011101 1 01010101 010100101 10110011 01110101 1 00110111 11010101 01010111 01010101 1 110101100 11011101 01000101 01010101 1 11010001 110111001 11010100 11101111 1 111100111 1101010001 11010101 11011001 1 11011111 11010111 01111000 11011111 1 11111011 010010101 100110101 01110101 1 01011111 11010011 11011111 11011111 1 01010101 11010101 11110101 01010101 1 10110101 11010011 101010101 111111101 1 011101101 11010101 110100101 111100101 1 11010101 11000101 11010101 110111100 1 10110101 01010111 01001001 10011101 1 11010101 11010001 01010001 01010101 1 01010011 11011101 01010101 01010101 1 01010111 01110001 11010101 11110101 1 11010101 01001011 11101101 11110111 1 11110001 11111011 01010111 11111111 1 01010101 010111110 11110101 011101110 1 01110101 110010111 11010101 110010100 1 11111101 01010101 11010101 11111101 1 11010101 1000101 110010101 01010101 1 11110101 11010101 11110101 11001101 1 11110111 01010011 11010111 111111011 1 01111111 010100101 01010101 01010101 1 01011101 11011101 01110101 01010111
  • Amount of stanzas: 84
  • Average number of symbols per stanza: 73
  • Average number of words per stanza: 13
  • Amount of lines: 210
  • Average number of symbols per line: 28 (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; you, we, and, they are repeated.

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

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