This is an analysis of the poem Time How Short that begins with:

Time, with an unwearied hand,
Pushes round the seasons past,... full text

Elements of the verse: questions and answers

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  • Rhyme scheme: ababcdcd efefghgh gagaiXiXXahahidid
  • Stanza lengths (in strings): 8,8,17,
  • Closest metre: trochaic tetrameter
  • –°losest rhyme: alternate rhyme
  • –°losest stanza type: sonnet
  • Guessed form: unknown form
  • Metre: 1011001 1010101 1011101 1011101 1011111 1110101 0110111 1010111 1011111 1010111 1010101 1010101 1011101 1110101 1010101 1011101 1010101 1011101 1010101 1010111 1010101 1010111 1010101 10101010 1011101 1011111 1110101 1110101 1110111 1010111 1011100 1110111
  • Amount of stanzas: 4
  • Average number of symbols per stanza: 248
  • Average number of words per stanza: 45
  • Amount of lines: 32
  • 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.

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  • summary of Time How Short;
  • central theme;
  • idea of the verse;
  • history of its creation;
  • critical appreciation.

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