This is an analysis of the poem Letter Home that begins with:

- New Orleans, November 1910
Four weeks have passed since I left, and still ...

Elements of the verse: questions and answers

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  • Rhyme scheme: X abccdefghghgd gXbhcgbeiajdgcf dgihXajhXacfXgd
  • Stanza lengths (in strings): 1,13,15,15,
  • Closest metre: iambic pentameter
  • Сlosest rhyme: alternate rhyme
  • Сlosest stanza type: sonnet
  • Guessed form: blank verse
  • Metre: 11000101 111111111 11101011111 01111010 01111001010 11001001011110 11101010101 1111001011111 0111100011 1011110111 011110111 11100011010010 1000101010110 111110 11011010011 1001011101101 1000101111 1111101011 1101001111 01101111011101 0110011111101 01001110111 001111111001 01011100100111 0100101110011 1110101111010 110101010011 11111010011 11000100101 1110101110110 10101100110111 11011000111 1101101010110 0110101100101 1101101111101 110111100101 10101101111 101101101010 11111101111 01111101110 11011111 001010110 01111
  • Amount of stanzas: 5
  • Average number of symbols per stanza: 403
  • Average number of words per stanza: 75
  • Amount of lines: 43
  • Average number of symbols per line: 46 (strings are more long than medium ones)
  • Average number of words per line: 9
  • Mood of the speaker:

    The punctuation marks are various. Neither mark predominates.

  • The author used lexical repetitions to emphasize a significant image; i, me, their, to, as are repeated.

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

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

  • summary of Letter Home;
  • central theme;
  • idea of the verse;
  • history of its creation;
  • critical appreciation.

Good luck in your poetry interpretation practice!

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