This is an analysis of the poem The Sad Day that begins with:

O THE sad day!
When friends shall shake their heads, and say ... full text

Elements of the verse: questions and answers

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  • Rhyme scheme: aaabXXbaXXcc aacX ddd
  • Stanza lengths (in strings): 12,4,3,
  • Closest metre: iambic tetrameter
  • –°losest rhyme: rondeau rhyme
  • –°losest stanza type: sonnet
  • Guessed form: unknown form
  • Metre: 1011 11111111 010001 1111 111111 1111000101 11110111 11011110 11011111 01010100 1111110111 1111111101 11010101 11111101101 1001000111 110110 11011111 1101100101 0101010111
  • Amount of stanzas: 3
  • Average number of symbols per stanza: 231
  • Average number of words per stanza: 44
  • Amount of lines: 19
  • Average number of symbols per line: 36 (medium-length strings)
  • Average number of words per line: 7
  • Mood of the speaker:

    There are many exclamation marks in the poem. The speaker is excited. He or she has strong feelings on the subject that is described in the poem.

  • The author used lexical repetitions to emphasize a significant image; how is repeated.

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  • summary of The Sad Day;
  • central theme;
  • idea of the verse;
  • history of its creation;
  • critical appreciation.

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