This is an analysis of the poem A Parting Guest that begins with:

What delightful hosts are they --
   Life and Love! ... full text

Elements of the verse: questions and answers

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  • Rhyme scheme: aXaXaXXaaX
  • Stanza lengths (in strings): 10,
  • Closest metre: trochaic tetrameter
  • –°losest rhyme: no rhyme
  • –°losest stanza type: sonnet
  • Guessed form: unknown form
  • Metre: 1010111 111 10001101 11101101 1110101 1110100 1011001 1110111 1011111 101101010
  • Amount of stanzas: 1
  • Average number of symbols per stanza: 401
  • Average number of words per stanza: 52
  • Amount of lines: 10
  • Average number of symbols per line: 39 (medium-length strings)
  • Average number of words per line: 5
  • Mood of the speaker:

    The punctuation marks are various. Neither mark predominates.

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  • summary of A Parting Guest;
  • central theme;
  • idea of the verse;
  • history of its creation;
  • critical appreciation.

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