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

Dear Miss Lucy: I been t'inkin' dat I 'd write you long fo' dis,
But dis writin' 's mighty tejous, an' you know jes' how it is....

Elements of the verse: questions and answers

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  • Rhyme scheme: aXXXbbccXXXXaaXXccddbbccXXeeXadXddddffbb XX
  • Stanza lengths (in strings): 40,2,
  • Closest metre: trochaic pentameter
  • –°losest rhyme: no rhyme
  • –°losest stanza type: sonnet
  • Guessed form: unknown form
  • Metre: 1110101011111111 1110110101111100 1111010011111101 1011111011101101 11111110111110101 1111111111111101 11110111111110110 10101111010011101 111100111010101 011010101111101 101010101111110 1111001011110101 111001100111111 11111110001111 111101101010111 111110111110101 11111101011111101 101011111110101 1111111101010101 1111100101011011 1110111011111111 1110111101011111 1110101011111111 111111101010111 1111101111111101 111100111001110111 1000111111010110 1111110100010101 111011101011111 111011111111101 1111011110010001 1101011101110110 1101011101111011 101101101011101 1111010111110111 111011101110101 111011111111101 111010101010101 10111010101011111 101011101111101 11111111101011001 1111111101001111
  • Amount of stanzas: 2
  • Average number of symbols per stanza: 1331
  • Average number of words per stanza: 277
  • Amount of lines: 42
  • Average number of symbols per line: 62 (very long strings)
  • Average number of words per line: 13
  • Mood of the speaker:

    The punctuation marks are various. Neither mark predominates.

  • The author used lexical repetitions to emphasize a significant image; i, you, dis, 's, dat, de, dey, an', 'd, my, to are repeated.

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

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

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

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