This is an analysis of the poem A Farewell To Youth that begins with:

Ere that I say farewell to youth, and take
The homely road that leads to life's decline,... full text

Elements of the verse: questions and answers

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  • Rhyme scheme: abbaabbacdcddc
  • Stanza lengths (in strings): 14,
  • Closest metre: iambic pentameter
  • –°losest rhyme: rima
  • –°losest stanza type: sonnet
  • Guessed form: sonnet with iambic pentameter or irregular meter
  • Metre: 1111110111 0101110101 1101011111 0101111001 11010100011 1101011001 1011111001 0101010001 10110011001 01110100001 11001010101 1101110001 1111111111 1111110101
  • Amount of stanzas: 1
  • Average number of symbols per stanza: 608
  • Average number of words per stanza: 114
  • Amount of lines: 14
  • Average number of symbols per line: 43 (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; to, some are repeated.

    The poet used anaphora at the beginnings of some neighboring lines. The same word some is repeated.

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