This is an analysis of the poem Mementos, 1 that begins with:

Sorting out letters and piles of my old
Canceled checks, old clippings, and yellow note cards ...

Elements of the verse: questions and answers

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  • Rhyme scheme: abaaaa aXbaXX bcadXa cXcXcd
  • Stanza lengths (in strings): 6,6,6,6,
  • Closest metre: trochaic pentameter
  • –°losest rhyme: limerick
  • –°losest stanza type: tercets
  • Guessed form: unknown form
  • Metre: 1011011011 10111011011 1110111001 1101101111 101101011001 11110101 1111011111 1111110010 011101110110 111011101011 1111101001 1101110 110111110 10101011011 01101111110 0101101111 101010111 11011110 0111111001 01101001001 10111101001 101001001111 11111011011 1011011
  • Amount of stanzas: 4
  • Average number of symbols per stanza: 295
  • Average number of words per stanza: 50
  • Amount of lines: 24
  • Average number of symbols per line: 48 (strings are more long than medium ones)
  • 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; our is repeated.

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

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  • summary of Mementos, 1;
  • central theme;
  • idea of the verse;
  • history of its creation;
  • critical appreciation.

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