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

To my absent daughter, Ella.
Think of me, darling ! My poor heart seems breaking, ... full text

Elements of the verse: questions and answers

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  • Rhyme scheme: X aabbbXbb bbccddddXccaaccdd
  • Stanza lengths (in strings): 1,8,17,
  • Closest metre: trochaic pentameter
  • –°losest rhyme: couplets
  • –°losest stanza type: sonnet
  • Guessed form: unknown form
  • Metre: 01101010 10110111110 10111110010 101101110011 100111110101 10011111011 11111111011 1011001011 1111011011 10111011111 11111010011 10010011010 10110111010 10011111010 10110111010 10101101001 1011101011 10111011010 10010110010 111110100110 10010010010 10110111010 11110111110 1001101111 1001111101
  • Amount of stanzas: 4
  • Average number of symbols per stanza: 283
  • Average number of words per stanza: 53
  • Amount of lines: 25
  • Average number of symbols per line: 44 (strings are more long than medium ones)
  • 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; i, thee, me are repeated.

    The poet used anaphora at the beginnings of some neighboring lines. The same words never, something are repeated.

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

    There is a poetic device epiphora at the end of some neighboring lines thee, me are repeated).

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  • summary of A Valentine;
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