This is an analysis of the poem When I Was Young And Ignorant that begins with:

When I was young and ignorant I loved a Miss McDougall,
Our days were spent in happiness, although our means were frugal;...

Elements of the verse: questions and answers

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  • Rhyme scheme: Aabbccdd eeccXfXD bbbbffgD AaXXeXgD
  • Stanza lengths (in strings): 8,8,8,8,
  • Closest metre: trochaic pentameter
  • Сlosest rhyme: couplets
  • Сlosest stanza type: tercets
  • Guessed form: unknown form
  • Metre: 111111001101010 110101001111010 101111011111010 100101010101010 010101110111011 110101010101011 110101011101110 111101010001010 110111111111110 110011111111010 110101010100011 111101010101011 110100111111110 011111110101011 11010011001101000 111101010001010 111101010111110 1100011011101010 110111101011010 010011011101000 110101111101011 010001011111011 01011101110011 111101010001010 111111001101010 111101101010010010 110111111111110 111101011101011 110100111111110 111111011100010 1111000011001011 111101010001010
  • Amount of stanzas: 4
  • Average number of symbols per stanza: 483
  • Average number of words per stanza: 90
  • Amount of lines: 32
  • Average number of symbols per line: 59 (very long strings)
  • Average number of words per line: 11
  • Mood of the speaker:

    The punctuation marks are various. Neither mark predominates.

  • The author used lexical repetitions to emphasize a significant image; to, once, i, of, her, my, hopes, and are repeated.

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

    There is a poetic device epiphora at the end of some neighboring lines once, now are repeated).

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

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  • summary of When I Was Young And Ignorant;
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  • history of its creation;
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