This is an analysis of the poem Long Distance Ii that begins with:

Though my mother was already two years dead
Dad kept her slippers warming by the gas,...

Elements of the verse: questions and answers

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  • Rhyme scheme: abab cdcd efef gddg X
  • Stanza lengths (in strings): 4,4,4,4,1,
  • Closest metre: iambic pentameter
  • Сlosest rhyme: alternate rhyme
  • Сlosest stanza type: sonnet
  • Guessed form: blank verse
  • Metre: 11101010101 1101010101 11101001001 1110010011 1101101101 11111100111 0101011101 1101110101 1101110101 1111011101 1001011101 1111110101 10111011101 1101110101 01111011111 10101010111 010110010
  • Amount of stanzas: 5
  • Average number of symbols per stanza: 148
  • Average number of words per stanza: 29
  • Amount of lines: 18
  • Average number of symbols per line: 41 (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; her, to, you are repeated.

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  • summary of Long Distance Ii;
  • central theme;
  • idea of the verse;
  • history of its creation;
  • critical appreciation.

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