This is an analysis of the poem Polyhymnia: Sonnet that begins with:

His golden locks time hath to silver turn'd;
O time too swift, O swiftness never ceasing!... full text

Elements of the verse: questions and answers

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  • Rhyme scheme: ababcc ddddee fbfXee
  • Stanza lengths (in strings): 6,6,6,
  • Closest metre: iambic pentameter
  • –°losest rhyme: rima
  • –°losest stanza type: tercets
  • Guessed form: blank verse
  • Metre: 0101110101 11111101010 0111111101 11011101010 10111101101 1011111101 0101110111 1101010101 0111111101 111111101 1101010101 0101001001 1111010101 1101010101 10001111101 10011101010 100101101 0011011111
  • Amount of stanzas: 3
  • Average number of symbols per stanza: 275
  • Average number of words per stanza: 50
  • Amount of lines: 18
  • Average number of symbols per line: 45 (strings are more long than medium ones)
  • 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; time, his are repeated.

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

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  • summary of Polyhymnia: Sonnet;
  • central theme;
  • idea of the verse;
  • history of its creation;
  • critical appreciation.

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