This is an analysis of the poem For A Fatherless Son that begins with:

You will be aware of an absence, presently,
Growing beside you, like a tree,...

Elements of the verse: questions and answers

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  • Rhyme scheme: abbccXacabddXa
  • Stanza lengths (in strings): 14,
  • Closest metre: trochaic pentameter
  • –°losest rhyme: rondeau rhyme
  • –°losest stanza type: sonnet
  • Guessed form: sonnet with trochaic pentameter or irregular meter
  • Metre: 100010110100 10011101 011101101011 10101101010 1011011111010010 111111 11110100 011000110 1111111111110 00011 0111110101 1111111 011011101001 11111110
  • Amount of stanzas: 1
  • Average number of symbols per stanza: 574
  • Average number of words per stanza: 110
  • Amount of lines: 14
  • Average number of symbols per line: 40 (medium-length strings)
  • Average number of words per line: 8
  • Mood of the speaker:

    The punctuation marks are various. Neither mark predominates.

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

    There is a poetic device epiphora at the end of some neighboring lines tree is repeated).

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