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

THERE was a youth--but woe is me :
I quite forgot his name, and he,... full text

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  • Rhyme scheme: aabbccddeXff gghhaahhii chjjkkkklXgghhmmeenngglloo ppccjjcceegg jjeXhhffhhggaaccaagggg hhgghhhhmmkk aall aaccjjmmqqhhbbgghhffjjjjbbllddmmjjcc XahhfajjmXggcc hhggmmllffhhccXaaaaccjjbbmmgg
  • Stanza lengths (in strings): 12,10,26,12,22,12,4,36,14,29,
  • Closest metre: iambic pentameter
  • –°losest rhyme: alternate rhyme
  • –°losest stanza type: sonnet
  • Guessed form: blank verse
  • Metre: 11011101 11010111 01110101 01110101 11010111 11010101 11010111 11010101 010100101 00110101 11011101 01010101 01110101 01100001 01011111 11110111 11011111 01111111 11010100 11111110 01110101 01111101 11011111 01010101 010010011 11110011 010101010 110101010 010101110 011111010 11111101 010100101 01010101 01011101 010101010 110001010 11010101 00111101 01010101 01110001 111100110 100111010 11010101 101100101 11010101 11011101 010101001 11010111 10111101 01010101 111111010 100101010 01101101 11011111 11001101 01010101 11011101 11010101 11011101 01001101 010100101 110110110 11001101 1011001 11010101 010100011 11111101 010011101 01011101 01010101 11010101 01001101 01010101 11010111 01010111 11010101 11111101 11010001 01111111 01010110 11000111 11010101 011111010 111001010 10111001 11010011 010101010 110101010 010111010 110011110 11010101 110010101 110111010 011101010 10010101 01010101 11011101 11111111 1011110101 1111011101 1011010101 0101110101 1101010101 1101011111 0101011101 11001011101 1111110111 0111011111 0101110101 0101110101 0101010111 01011101001 1101110101 110111101011 1101011111 0110010111 01110010101 1111010111 0111010101 1101111101 0101010101 1101110111 1101111101 11001111111 0111111101 10110010101 1101011111 1011110101 1111011101 1111110001 0111110111 0111000101 0101010111 1111111110 1001111110 0101010001 1101010101 1111010101 0101010101 1011010111 1111001101 1101010101 1000010101 10111101010 1111010101 111100011 1001010101 1101011101 01010101011 0101010101 1001010111 1101000101 1101010101 1001010101 0101010101 1011010001 0111010101 1101010101 1101010101 1101010001 11001110101 10110010101 1101011101 0101010101 1001110101 1101010001 10111100101 1001111101 1111011101 1101010101 1101010101 1010000101 1101011101 1101110101 1101010101 11010110101
  • Amount of stanzas: 11
  • Average number of symbols per stanza: 632
  • Average number of words per stanza: 114
  • Amount of lines: 176
  • Average number of symbols per line: 39 (medium-length strings)
  • Average number of words per line: 7
  • Mood of the speaker:

    The punctuation marks are various. Neither mark predominates.

  • The author used lexical repetitions to emphasize a significant image; and, he, of, his, now, same are repeated.

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

If you write a school or university poetry essay, you should Include in your explanation of the poem:

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

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