This is an analysis of the poem A Letter To Ruth Stone that begins with:

Now that you have caught sight
of the other side of darkness ...

Elements of the verse: questions and answers

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  • Rhyme scheme: aXbcddXe efXgdga cbfgXXgfc hh XX
  • Stanza lengths (in strings): 8,7,9,2,2,
  • Closest metre: iambic trimeter
  • –°losest rhyme: shakespearean sonnet
  • –°losest stanza type: tercets
  • Guessed form: unknown form
  • Metre: 111111 00101010 001001 11111 0010 110010 11001 1101 0101 1101 11001 011 10101010 10111 1110 110010 001001 10101 010011 11101 01010110 00110 1001 11101 111110 011110 0111010 1001010101011
  • Amount of stanzas: 5
  • Average number of symbols per stanza: 129
  • Average number of words per stanza: 24
  • Amount of lines: 28
  • Average number of symbols per line: 22 (very short strings)
  • Average number of words per line: 4
  • Mood of the speaker:

    The punctuation marks are various. Neither mark predominates.

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  • summary of A Letter To Ruth Stone;
  • central theme;
  • idea of the verse;
  • history of its creation;
  • critical appreciation.

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