This is an analysis of the poem A Poem For The Meeting Of The American Medical Association At New York, May 5, 1853 that begins with:

I HOLD a letter in my hand,-
A flattering letter, more's the pity,-... full text

Elements of the verse: questions and answers

The information we provided is prepared by means of a special computer program. Use the criteria sheet to understand greatest poems or improve your poetry analysis essay.

  • Rhyme scheme: ababcdcd cbcbcdcd edeXfgXg hdhdefeX efefaiafifijkjk gdgdcici lilimdmd mimiXflf cgcgnknk dkdkdkdk akakdXdd
  • Stanza lengths (in strings): 8,8,8,8,15,8,8,8,8,8,8,
  • Closest metre: iambic tetrameter
  • –°losest rhyme: shakespearean sonnet
  • –°losest stanza type: tercets
  • Guessed form: unknown form
  • Metre: 11010011 01001010010 11100101 111100010 0101001001 110101010 11110111 111111010 11011111 110101010 11110101 110111110 11010111 110101010 01110111 111111110 11110101 110101010 11010101 110100010 11111111 010111110 11010100 010101010 01110101 010111010 01110111 011100010 11110111 111111010 111110101 010101110 11110111 11111010 01011101 011101010 111101001 101101010 11010101 11111111 010101010 1101001001 010101110 110010101 010101010 10110111 110101110 11110111 110111010 11000101 110111110 11101101 010111010 01011101 010111110 11111111 111111110 01011101 1101010010 11010110 110101010 10111101 010111010 11010101 110101010 01010101 1010101110 11010110 010101010 11010111 010101010 11010101 010101010 11010101 111101010 01010101 0100111010 110011101 110111010 11110101 010011010 110100111 001100010 01110101 011101110 11011101 110101010 11011001 011001010 01110111 010101010 100101101 110101100 100010101 010101010
  • Amount of stanzas: 11
  • Average number of symbols per stanza: 317
  • Average number of words per stanza: 57
  • Amount of lines: 95
  • Average number of symbols per line: 36 (medium-length strings)
  • Average number of words per line: 7
  • Mood of the speaker:

    The punctuation marks are various. Neither mark predominates.

  • The author used lexical repetitions to emphasize a significant image; my, our, to are repeated.

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

    The author used the same word they at the beginnings of some neighboring stanzas. The figure of speech is a kind of anaphora.

If you write a school or university poetry essay, you should Include in it:

  • summary of A Poem For The Meeting Of The American Medical Association At New York, May 5, 1853;
  • idea of the verse;
  • history of its creation.

Good luck in your poetry interpretation practice!

More information about poems by Oliver Wendell Holmes