This is an analysis of the poem The Present Age that begins with:

Say not the age is hard and cold-
I think it brave and grand;... full text

Elements of the verse: questions and answers

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  • Rhyme scheme: aaba bXbb cded fafa bghg hfbf afXf ihbh heee ajXj dkgk acfc aeee haga blll Xefe cdad iekXXlaga
  • Stanza lengths (in strings): 4,4,4,4,4,4,4,4,4,4,4,4,4,4,4,4,4,9,
  • Closest metre: iambic trimeter
  • –°losest rhyme: alternate rhyme
  • –°losest stanza type: tercets
  • Guessed form: unknown form
  • Metre: 11010111 110111 11001111 110101 01001010 010101 11010011 010101 01000101 110101 01010101 011111 01110101 110101 11110101 110011 11001101 110001 11010111 010111 01100111 010101 01110111 010101 010010101 110111 01011101 011101 01000101 010101 110100111 100101 10110101 010101 11010101 011101 01010111 010101 01010101 011001 01010101 010011 00110101 0101001 11011101 111001 11110101 110001 10010101 1100101 01010111 110101 01010011 0101001 01110101 110111 01010100 010111 11110101 010101 11011101 110101 01010111 111111 01010111 110101 11010101 111011 11011101 010101 110100101 111001 010101001 111101 11010100 010101
  • Amount of stanzas: 19
  • Average number of symbols per stanza: 122
  • Average number of words per stanza: 23
  • Amount of lines: 76
  • Average number of symbols per line: 30 (strings are less long than medium ones)
  • 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, of are repeated.

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

    The author used the same words the, to at the beginnings of some neighboring stanzas. The figure of speech is a kind of anaphora.

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

  • summary of The Present Age;
  • central theme;
  • idea of the verse;
  • history of its creation;
  • critical appreciation.

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