This is an analysis of the poem A Letter To A Friend that begins with:

The past is like a story
I have listened to in dreams... full text

Elements of the verse: questions and answers

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  • Rhyme scheme: ababcdcd aeaefgfX gdgdghgh
  • Stanza lengths (in strings): 8,8,8,
  • Closest metre: trochaic tetrameter
  • –°losest rhyme: rima
  • –°losest stanza type: tercets
  • Guessed form: unknown form
  • Metre: 0101010 1110001 1100010 0010101 1111110 110101 10101010 1010101 10101010 1010101 11101010 1111001 1101110 1011101 11101010 1110101 1111010 1111101 0111010 0100001 1101010 1010111 10101110 11101001
  • Amount of stanzas: 3
  • Average number of symbols per stanza: 235
  • Average number of words per stanza: 48
  • Amount of lines: 24
  • Average number of symbols per line: 29 (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; of is repeated.

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