Analysis of Longfellow might just be the best of our continent. Forget Dickinson by comparison.



The Rainy Day” (1842)

The day is cold, and dark, and dreary;
It rains, and the wind is never weary;
The vine still clings to the mouldering wall,
But at every gust the dead leaves fall,
And the day is dark and dreary.

My life is cold, and dark, and dreary;
It rains, and the wind is never weary;
My thoughts still cling to the mouldering Past,
But the hopes of youth fall thick in the blast,
And the days are dark and dreary.

Be still, sad heart! and cease repining;
Behind the clouds is the sun still shining;
Thy fate is the common fate of all,
Into each life some rain must fall,
Some days must be dark and dreary.


Scheme x aAbba aAcca ddbba
Poetic Form
Metre 0101 011101010 1100111010 01111011 1110010111 00111010 111101010 1100111010 11111011 1011111001 00111010 1111011 0101101110 111010111 01111111 11111010
Closest metre Iambic pentameter
Characters 622
Words 138
Sentences 4
Stanzas 4
Stanza Lengths 1, 5, 5, 5
Lines Amount 16
Letters per line (avg) 29
Words per line (avg) 8
Letters per stanza (avg) 118
Words per stanza (avg) 30
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Written on February 27, 1842

Submitted by dougb.21370 on February 27, 2023

Modified by dougb.21370 on February 27, 2023

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Doug was once a lawyer. Frustrated. Went broke 1987. Turned to manufacturing. People talked straight. Worked hard. Listened when appropriate. Lead Hand Shipper and Workplace Safety. Married to Hilary 1974. Two kids Lauren and Jordan. Poet. Photographer. Hiker-photographer. Harmonica busker. http://puffnchord7.blogspot.com/ more…

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