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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