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

IT hardly seems that he is dead,
So strange it is that we are here ... full text

Elements of the verse: questions and answers

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  • Rhyme scheme: XaXabcbc dedeXfbf
  • Stanza lengths (in strings): 8,8,
  • Closest metre: iambic tetrameter
  • –°losest rhyme: rima
  • –°losest stanza type: tercets
  • Guessed form: unknown form
  • Metre: 01011101 11001111 01011101 010111 01111111 010100101 11010101 110101 11010101 11000101 10110001 110011 11010111 010101001 11010001 010101
  • Amount of stanzas: 2
  • Average number of symbols per stanza: 278
  • Average number of words per stanza: 51
  • Amount of lines: 16
  • Average number of symbols per line: 34 (medium-length strings)
  • Average number of words per line: 6
  • Mood of the speaker:

    The punctuation marks are various. Neither mark predominates.

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

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

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