This is an analysis of the poem The Old Year that begins with:

Lo! the Year now retires,
The sad Old Year, like a king from his throne;... full text

Elements of the verse: questions and answers

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  • Rhyme scheme: abba cddc beebXaeea
  • Stanza lengths (in strings): 4,4,9,
  • Closest metre: iambic tetrameter
  • –°losest rhyme: enclosed rhyme
  • –°losest stanza type: tercets
  • Guessed form: unknown form
  • Metre: 101101 0111101001 1101110101 001001 111001 01011001001 1111001101 001101 001001 01111011001 0111101001 001001 111100 11110001001 1111111001 001101
  • Amount of stanzas: 4
  • Average number of symbols per stanza: 148
  • Average number of words per stanza: 29
  • Amount of lines: 16
  • Average number of symbols per line: 36 (medium-length strings)
  • Average number of words per line: 7
  • Mood of the speaker:

    The punctuation marks are various. Neither mark predominates.

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

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

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

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