This is an analysis of the poem When Age Comes On that begins with:

When Age comes on!--
'The deepening dusk is where the dawn... full text

Elements of the verse: questions and answers

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  • Rhyme scheme: AabXbaaAba AacXcaaAca X aadD eedDXdddD
  • Stanza lengths (in strings): 10,10,1,4,9,
  • Closest metre: iambic tetrameter
  • Сlosest rhyme: limerick
  • Сlosest stanza type: sonnet
  • Guessed form: unknown form
  • Metre: 1111 110010101 11010101 01010111 11011111 11010101 11111111 1111 11011101 11011111 1111 110100101 11010111 11111111 11011101 11111111 11111111 1111 11111101 11011111 10 1101011111 0110011001 1001110001 1101 1101010101 0111010101 01110011101 1101 1100010101 0101010101 1100010011 1101
  • Amount of stanzas: 6
  • Average number of symbols per stanza: 187
  • Average number of words per stanza: 35
  • Amount of lines: 33
  • Average number of symbols per line: 33 (medium-length strings)
  • Average number of words per line: 6
  • Mood of the speaker:

    There are many exclamation marks in the poem. The speaker is excited. He or she has strong feelings on the subject that is described in the poem.

  • The author used lexical repetitions to emphasize a significant image; and, comes, age, on, into, or, with, of are repeated.

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

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

    There is a poetic device epiphora at the end of some neighboring lines on is repeated).

    The poet repeated the same words on, old at the end of some neighboring stanzas. The poetic device is a kind of epiphora.

    The literary device anadiplosis is detected in two or more neighboring lines. The word/phrase dawn connects the lines.

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  • summary of When Age Comes On;
  • central theme;
  • idea of the verse;
  • history of its creation;
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