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

Little by little the year grows old,
The red leaves drop from the maple boughs;... full text

Elements of the verse: questions and answers

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  • Rhyme scheme: abab bcac adad Xcdc ecec
  • Stanza lengths (in strings): 4,4,4,4,4,
  • Closest metre: trochaic pentameter
  • –°losest rhyme: alternate rhyme
  • –°losest stanza type: tercets
  • Guessed form: unknown form
  • Metre: 101100111 011100101 011110111 10010101 10010111 101101011010 10110111101 0111111010 101101111 1101101101 111000101 1011100111 1011111111 010111110 110111101 1100111010 111011011 111001010 1100100101 1110101010
  • Amount of stanzas: 5
  • Average number of symbols per stanza: 165
  • Average number of words per stanza: 32
  • Amount of lines: 20
  • Average number of symbols per line: 41 (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; and, of are repeated.

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

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

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

Good luck in your poetry interpretation practice!

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