This is an analysis of the poem The Passing Of The Century that begins with:

How shall we comfort the Dying Year?
Beg him to linger, or bid him go?... full text

Elements of the verse: questions and answers

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  • Rhyme scheme: abbbaacccddX aeeXaafXfggX ebbbhedddccd iiiiiidddjjX iaaaiikkkggk elllhemmmnnm
  • Stanza lengths (in strings): 12,12,12,12,12,12,
  • Closest metre: iambic pentameter
  • –°losest rhyme: couplets
  • –°losest stanza type: sonnet
  • Guessed form: heroic couplets
  • Metre: 111100101 110101111 010011111 011100111 1101101111 011100111 1010100101 111110101 00100101111 110111011 0011110101 1010010100 111100111 100101101 101111111 10100101101 111100101 11100101011 11111111111 1010011111 010100101 0100100101 10100100111 111010100 110110111 10100100011 11110011011 0011000111 0010100100 110111111 010100101 011010111 1101101010 100110111 10100100101 10100100100 1111110111 11111101111 1011110101 10100110101 1100100101 1101110111 0110011101 110110101 01101100101 1001110101 1101101111 0100011000 1011000111 1110100111 10100101101 0101111111 10101100111 1110111111 1011110101 11100111101 0100100101 10100111101 11001011110 110011100 110100111 111110111 1100100101 1110101011 1100110100 01011101011 1010110101 011100111 011110101 1110010101 1100110101 1000110100
  • Amount of stanzas: 6
  • Average number of symbols per stanza: 508
  • Average number of words per stanza: 97
  • Amount of lines: 72
  • Average number of symbols per line: 41 (medium-length strings)
  • 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; his, of, with, and, her are repeated.

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

    The author used the same word how at the beginnings of some neighboring stanzas. The figure of speech is a kind of anaphora.

    The literary device anadiplosis is detected in two or more neighboring lines. The word/phrase she connects the lines.

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