This is an analysis of the poem Middle-Aged that begins with:

‘Tis but a vague, invarious delight
As gold that rains about some buried king....

Elements of the verse: questions and answers

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  • Rhyme scheme: ab cbacX XXcaadadecd ccX Xe
  • Stanza lengths (in strings): 2,5,11,3,2,
  • Closest metre: iambic trimeter
  • Сlosest rhyme: couplets
  • Сlosest stanza type: tercets
  • Guessed form: unknown form
  • Metre: 110110001 1111011101 1011 110100 1101100101 1101111111 11001110100 10110011 011101011100 1101100100 110101 0101010100 110101111 11011 110111 1111 1111010111 1101010100 1101 011100 010101 01111101 010100
  • Amount of stanzas: 5
  • Average number of symbols per stanza: 150
  • Average number of words per stanza: 27
  • Amount of lines: 23
  • Average number of symbols per line: 32 (medium-length strings)
  • Average number of words per line: 6
  • Mood of the speaker:

    The punctuation marks are various. Neither mark predominates.

  • The author used lexical repetitions to emphasize a significant image; and is repeated.

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

    The author used the same word as at the beginnings of some neighboring stanzas. The figure of speech is a kind of anaphora.

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  • summary of Middle-Aged;
  • central theme;
  • idea of the verse;
  • history of its creation;
  • critical appreciation.

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