This is an analysis of the poem A Momentary Longing To Hear Sad Advice From One Long Dead that begins with:

Who was my teacher at Harvard. Did not wear overcoat
Saying to me as we walked across the Yard ...

Elements of the verse: questions and answers

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  • Rhyme scheme: abbbcXXXdeaebXaXXdcdX
  • Stanza lengths (in strings): 21,
  • Closest metre: trochaic pentameter
  • Сlosest rhyme: shakespearean sonnet
  • Сlosest stanza type: sonnet
  • Guessed form: unknown form
  • Metre: 11110110011101 10011110101 1101001101010111 1111010111 11111111111 110100011111001 10111110001110100101 00110101011 100100101101111100 11010110010110 1010111101101001 01110010100110 111101111101 11111 1111110011100111 110111010010101 101110101101 10001011011001100 110111110111101 100010101011101010 1110101100111011101
  • Amount of stanzas: 1
  • Average number of symbols per stanza: 1164
  • Average number of words per stanza: 219
  • Amount of lines: 21
  • Average number of symbols per line: 54 (very long strings)
  • Average number of words per line: 10
  • Mood of the speaker:

    The punctuation marks are various. Neither mark predominates.

  • The author used lexical repetitions to emphasize a significant image; overcoat, i, of are repeated.

    The poet used anaphora at the beginnings of some neighboring lines. The same words you, why, maybe are repeated.

    There is a poetic device epiphora at the end of some neighboring lines said is repeated).

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