This is an analysis of the poem Old Man Winter that begins with:

There is nothing at all to do to-day.
I can't go out and run and play;... full text

Elements of the verse: questions and answers

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  • Rhyme scheme: aabccb ddadda eeaeea ffgeeX eedhhd eeXiiX hhejjX ggedde eXkhhk jjhiih kkceeX bblddlXaakbbk
  • Stanza lengths (in strings): 6,6,6,6,6,6,6,6,6,6,6,13,
  • Closest metre: iambic tetrameter
  • –°losest rhyme: couplets
  • –°losest stanza type: tercets
  • Guessed form: unknown form
  • Metre: 1010110101 11111111 10101101101 111101001 1111111001 10101101 111110101 1110111101 101111101 111101001 110110001 10111001 111100111 10011110101 111101111 0011110101 111011111 111101 111111101 111110100 1010111 111110111 111110101 11111101 1111110111 010100101 111011101 101011111 1111101101 0100101 1111110101 011111001 01111100 1010110111 11110101 1100101 111101111 11110111 1111011111 111110101 110110101 1100101 111101101 1110111101 011110111 111101101 110110101 1110111 1110110111 0110111001 11111011001 11111101 11111101 111101 11110101 1111011101 11111111 111101111 011100101 1011101 10111011001 101111101 11111101 1110110101 1001001001 100111 1111110111 11011111 110110101 11010101 11100101101 1101001 010111101 1010111011 1111111101 11111111 111111011 1110101
  • Amount of stanzas: 13
  • Average number of symbols per stanza: 226
  • Average number of words per stanza: 48
  • Amount of lines: 78
  • Average number of symbols per line: 37 (medium-length strings)
  • 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; and, to, at, can, his, out are repeated.

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

    The author used the same words i, and, 'and at the beginnings of some neighboring stanzas. The figure of speech is a kind of anaphora.

    The poet repeated the same word ' at the end of some neighboring stanzas. The poetic device is a kind of epiphora.

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

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