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

He is sleeping, sounding sleeping
In the cold and silent tomb.... full text

Elements of the verse: questions and answers

The information we provided is prepared by means of a special computer program. Use the criteria sheet to understand greatest poems or improve your poetry analysis essay.

  • Rhyme scheme: abac dcdc ecdc efXf dgXg abXb
  • Stanza lengths (in strings): 4,4,4,4,4,4,
  • Closest metre: trochaic tetrameter
  • Сlosest rhyme: rima
  • Сlosest stanza type: sonnet
  • Guessed form: unknown form
  • Metre: 10101010 0011101 10101010 0011101 11111011 10011001 00111011 0100101 11111010 010101 101100010 1110101 11101110 1110001 111000010 1010101 11110110 1110101 10100010 1011111 11101010 0011101 11101010 1111001
  • Amount of stanzas: 6
  • Average number of symbols per stanza: 123
  • Average number of words per stanza: 24
  • Amount of lines: 24
  • Average number of symbols per line: 30 (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; us, his are repeated.

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

    The author used the same word he at the beginnings of some neighboring stanzas. The figure of speech is a kind of anaphora.

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

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

Good luck in your poetry interpretation practice!

More information about poems by Julia Ann Moore

Advertisement