This is an analysis of the poem Just For A Day that begins with:

Just for a day to put my sorrow by!
Forget that summer dies, that roses die; ... full text

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  • Rhyme scheme: aabb aabb bbcc bbdd aabb dXbb bbee aaff
  • Stanza lengths (in strings): 4,4,4,4,4,4,4,4,
  • Closest metre: iambic pentameter
  • Сlosest rhyme: limerick
  • Сlosest stanza type: tercets
  • Guessed form: blank verse
  • Metre: 1101011101 0111011101 10110100101 110101 0101110101 1101010110 0101110001 100101 0111010100 11110110100 0111010111 011111 101010100 1101010101 1111011101 110111 1001011101 01011101001 1001111011 1100101 1101110111 1101110100 0110101111 101101 1101010101 10001010100 100010111110 0011010 1101011111 0111111111 1001110111 011101
  • Amount of stanzas: 8
  • Average number of symbols per stanza: 161
  • Average number of words per stanza: 31
  • Amount of lines: 32
  • Average number of symbols per line: 40 (medium-length strings)
  • 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, that, of, with are repeated.

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

    The author used the same words forget, that at the beginnings of some neighboring stanzas. The figure of speech is a kind of anaphora.

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