This is an analysis of the poem When We Are Old And These Rejoicing Veins that begins with:

When we are old and these rejoicing veins
Are frosty channels to a muted stream,...

Elements of the verse: questions and answers

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  • Rhyme scheme: ababcbcbXcXcdd
  • 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: 1111110101 1101000101 1101110101 110101011001 0011010111 1101111011 0111111101 1001010001 1111010111 1101010101 1111111110 01001100101 011000000101 11010111001
  • Amount of stanzas: 1
  • Average number of symbols per stanza: 573
  • Average number of words per stanza: 112
  • Amount of lines: 14
  • Average number of symbols per line: 40 (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; our, o, and are repeated.

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  • summary of When We Are Old And These Rejoicing Veins;
  • central theme;
  • idea of the verse;
  • history of its creation;
  • critical appreciation.

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