This is an analysis of the poem Time's Defeat that begins with:

Time has made conquest of so many things
That once were mine. Swift-footed, eager youth... full text

Elements of the verse: questions and answers

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  • Rhyme scheme: abbca dXXX aeXXdfbcbccXfX Xbed
  • Stanza lengths (in strings): 5,4,14,4,
  • Closest metre: iambic pentameter
  • –°losest rhyme: enclosed rhyme
  • –°losest stanza type: sonnet
  • Guessed form: blank verse
  • Metre: 1111001101 1101110101 1101001101 1111010101 1111010011 0111011101 1101000101 1011000101 1111011101 1101001101 0110011101 1100011101 1101001101 1111000101 1100111111 1101010101 1101110101 1101110101 1001110001 1101110101 1101010111 1111000101 0101010 111 1101010101 1111010101
  • Amount of stanzas: 4
  • Average number of symbols per stanza: 268
  • Average number of words per stanza: 51
  • Amount of lines: 29
  • Average number of symbols per line: 36 (medium-length strings)
  • Average number of words per line: 7
  • Mood of the speaker:

    The punctuation marks are various. Neither mark predominates.

  • The author used lexical repetitions to emphasize a significant image; that, and, of are repeated.

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

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  • summary of Time's Defeat;
  • central theme;
  • idea of the verse;
  • history of its creation;
  • critical appreciation.

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