This is an analysis of the poem An Old Man To His Sleeping Young Bride that begins with:

As when the old moon lighted by the tender
And radiant crescent of the new is seen, ... full text

Elements of the verse: questions and answers

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  • Rhyme scheme: ababcaca adadefef ghXhdddd ihihaeaeXebebcgcg
  • Stanza lengths (in strings): 8,8,8,17,
  • Closest metre: trochaic pentameter
  • –°losest rhyme: rima
  • –°losest stanza type: sonnet
  • Guessed form: unknown form
  • Metre: 11011101010 11001000101 11010101010 0100110110 11110011010 01110101010 11011110110 11111110110 11010101010 1111011101 10010101010 0101011111 110011101010 11001010101 11011101010 1101011111 11010111011 0101011101 110101111100 1111111010 11110111011 1111011101 11010101011 0111011101 11110111010 1110010011 01011101110 1101111101 101111111010 1101011101 11111100110 1111110001 111111110010 1111110111 00110111010 11110011101 11110111110 0111011111 11111011010 1111101111
  • Amount of stanzas: 5
  • Average number of symbols per stanza: 369
  • Average number of words per stanza: 68
  • Amount of lines: 40
  • Average number of symbols per line: 45 (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, you, my are repeated.

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

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