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

With B.E.F. Jun 10. Dear Wife,
(Oh blast this pencil. 'Ere, Bill, lend's a knife.)... full text

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  • Rhyme scheme: aabbXcXcddeeXbbXddccXb
  • Stanza lengths (in strings): 22,
  • Closest metre: iambic tetrameter
  • –°losest rhyme: couplets
  • –°losest stanza type: sonnet
  • Guessed form: unknown form
  • Metre: 011111 1101011101 00011011 11010101 1111001101 11011111 0101010111 110100101 11110111 11111101 11111101 11011101 1110011110 110011101 1111111 10111101 11111111 11011010 110010111 11011111 11110111 11111101
  • Amount of stanzas: 1
  • Average number of symbols per stanza: 848
  • Average number of words per stanza: 169
  • Amount of lines: 22
  • Average number of symbols per line: 38 (medium-length strings)
  • Average number of words per line: 8
  • 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; of is repeated.

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