This is an analysis of the poem Death May Be Ageing that begins with:

Death may be ageing
But he still has clout...

Elements of the verse: questions and answers

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  • Rhyme scheme: Xa ba cd bdXd beXce
  • Stanza lengths (in strings): 2,2,2,4,5,
  • Closest metre: iambic trimeter
  • –°losest rhyme: enclosed rhyme
  • –°losest stanza type: tercets
  • Guessed form: sonnet with iambic trimeter or irregular meter
  • Metre: 11010 11111 11101 00101 11110 111111 11011 00110 101110 11101 11011 001110 111010 011010
  • Amount of stanzas: 6
  • Average number of symbols per stanza: 51
  • Average number of words per stanza: 10
  • Amount of lines: 14
  • Average number of symbols per line: 21 (very short strings)
  • Average number of words per line: 4
  • Mood of the speaker:

    The punctuation marks are various. Neither mark predominates.

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

    The poet used anaphora at the beginnings of some neighboring lines. The same word but is repeated.

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