This is an analysis of the poem Old Town Types that begins with:

I can not recall his heyday; for I knew him in the day
When his curly hair had thinned a bit, his waxed moustache grown grey.... full text

Elements of the verse: questions and answers

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  • Rhyme scheme: aabbccXX bbccbbdX cceeeXdX ffddggdX
  • Stanza lengths (in strings): 8,8,8,8,
  • Closest metre: iambic pentameter
  • Сlosest rhyme: couplets
  • Сlosest stanza type: tercets
  • Guessed form: heroic couplets
  • Metre: 111010111111001 101011101011111 111010111010011 111010101010101 00100101111101 1101000101010101 1010101010101100 11010011011 11010101010111 101000101110101 11010101110001 01011111010101 00100111110100 11110101110101 01010111110101 1111111011011 11111111010101 11010101010001 111101001100001 11010101111111 11011101011101 111010101110111 101010101110101 1110101011011 11011101111101 011010101110101 101010100011101 111011101011101 111010101011101 101011001010011 111010100110001 1110101011011
  • Amount of stanzas: 4
  • Average number of symbols per stanza: 489
  • Average number of words per stanza: 88
  • Amount of lines: 32
  • Average number of symbols per line: 60 (very long strings)
  • Average number of words per line: 11
  • Mood of the speaker:

    There are many exclamation marks in the poem. The speaker is excited. He or she has strong feelings on the subject that is described in the poem.

  • The author used lexical repetitions to emphasize a significant image; his, that, he, for are repeated.

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

    The poet repeated the same word ' at the end of some neighboring stanzas. The poetic device is a kind of epiphora.

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

  • summary of Old Town Types;
  • central theme;
  • idea of the verse;
  • history of its creation;
  • critical appreciation.

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