This is an analysis of the poem In Tempore Senectutis that begins with:

When I am old,
And sadly steal apart,... full text

Elements of the verse: questions and answers

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  • Rhyme scheme: AbabccbA AdadXXda Aeaeffea
  • Stanza lengths (in strings): 8,8,8,
  • Closest metre: iambic trimeter
  • –°losest rhyme: rondeau rhyme
  • –°losest stanza type: tercets
  • Guessed form: unknown form
  • Metre: 1111 110101 000111 1011 010011 1111011101 1111110101 1111 1111 1111010 010011 11010 010011 1001111101 11111100010 0111 1111 1100101 010011 1111 011101 0101011101 1111111101 1111
  • Amount of stanzas: 3
  • Average number of symbols per stanza: 203
  • Average number of words per stanza: 41
  • Amount of lines: 24
  • Average number of symbols per line: 24 (strings are less long than medium ones)
  • Average number of words per line: 5
  • Mood of the speaker:

    There are many exclamation marks in the poem. The speaker is excited. He or she has strong feelings on the subject that is described in the poem.

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  • summary of In Tempore Senectutis;
  • central theme;
  • idea of the verse;
  • history of its creation;
  • critical appreciation.

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