This is an analysis of the poem Hold Hard, These Ancient Minutes In The Cuckoo's Month that begins with:

Hold hard, these ancient minutes in the cuckoo's month,
Under the lank, fourth folly on Glamorgan's hill,...

Elements of the verse: questions and answers

The information we provided is prepared by means of a special computer program. Use the criteria sheet to understand greatest poems or improve your poetry analysis essay.

  • Rhyme scheme: abcdba eedeXc fbggbf eXheeh
  • Stanza lengths (in strings): 6,6,6,6,
  • Closest metre: trochaic pentameter
  • –°losest rhyme: enclosed rhyme
  • –°losest stanza type: tercets
  • Guessed form: unknown form
  • Metre: 111101000101 100111011001 101111000101 100101010101 100101000111 111111000101 101101010101 111101010101 101110010111 1011101000101 011101011011 011101000101 110101000101 101101010111 1001110010101 101111010101 110010111010 101101010111 111101010101 101101000101 1001010001010 111101010101 101001000101 1101010011100
  • Amount of stanzas: 4
  • Average number of symbols per stanza: 312
  • Average number of words per stanza: 56
  • Amount of lines: 24
  • Average number of symbols per line: 51 (strings are more long than medium ones)
  • Average number of words per line: 9
  • Mood of the speaker:

    The punctuation marks are various. Neither mark predominates.

  • The author used lexical repetitions to emphasize a significant image; and is repeated.

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

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

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

  • summary of Hold Hard, These Ancient Minutes In The Cuckoo's Month;
  • central theme;
  • idea of the verse;
  • history of its creation;
  • critical appreciation.

Good luck in your poetry interpretation practice!

More information about poems by Dylan Thomas