This is an analysis of the poem Homesick In Old Age that begins with:

He climbed to his feet in the cold light, and began
The decrepit progress again, blown along the cliff road,...

Elements of the verse: questions and answers

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  • Rhyme scheme: XaX XbX Xcd abd eXc Xbd eXX
  • Stanza lengths (in strings): 3,3,3,3,3,3,3,
  • Closest metre: trochaic pentameter
  • Сlosest rhyme: no rhyme
  • Сlosest stanza type: tercets
  • Guessed form: unknown form
  • Metre: 110010011101 00101101101011 10100101010 010111111 0100100101001 0111110101010 101110110 1000011110 1001011111 111111001 101010011 11010111011 101011101 0101001101110 111110111 11110101110 110111101010 1111100101011 11001011101001 11011010111 0101011101000101
  • Amount of stanzas: 7
  • Average number of symbols per stanza: 143
  • Average number of words per stanza: 25
  • Amount of lines: 21
  • Average number of symbols per line: 47 (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; your, i, my are repeated.

If you write a school or university poetry essay, you should Include in your explanation of the poem:

  • summary of Homesick In Old Age;
  • central theme;
  • idea of the verse;
  • history of its creation;
  • critical appreciation.

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