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

YES, write, if you want to, there's nothing like trying;
Who knows what a treasure your casket may hold?... full text

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  • Rhyme scheme: abab cdcd cecX XfXf gbgb cdcX chXh icic efef fefe ajaj ckck clcl cbcb cccX fkXX meme fhfg ecec fnfn
  • Stanza lengths (in strings): 4,4,4,4,4,4,4,4,4,4,4,4,4,4,4,4,4,4,4,4,
  • Closest metre: trochaic pentameter
  • –°losest rhyme: alternate rhyme
  • –°losest stanza type: tercets
  • Guessed form: unknown form
  • Metre: 110110110110 11101011011 111110110110 011001101101 1011011111110 101001101001 111010111010 01100101001 1110101010010 11111101011 101010110110 11101101100010 110010010110 11111011011 0101100110000 11011001001 1111010110010 11011001101 10100000111000010 11011001001 010010110010 111101111001 1110100010010 11100110111110 011010110010 11001001101 110010011000 101101111001 1101011110110 11001011001 010011010010 11111001001 111101010100100 101011001001 10100101101100 01001011101 110110010011 01101111001 011110001011 11101011011 1101110110110 111101011011 110111010110 001011011011 1010110110010 110010001001 110010011010 01001110111 110011110110 110010110001 1010010010110 01011001011 011010010010 11001001011 1110010010110 111011111111 0011011011010 11111001011 1010011110010 101101101010 111110010010 11001001001 0010010010000 1010110101011010 1010110010100 110010110001 11100100100101 01011001101 100110010010 11001011001 010111010010 110010010010 1011010110110 011011011001 1010010110010 001011001101 1010111010110 111111011111 1010010010110 11011111010
  • Amount of stanzas: 20
  • Average number of symbols per stanza: 214
  • Average number of words per stanza: 36
  • Amount of lines: 80
  • Average number of symbols per line: 54 (very long strings)
  • 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; as, you, of, your, to are repeated.

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

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  • summary of A Familiar Letter;
  • central theme;
  • idea of the verse;
  • history of its creation;
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