This is an analysis of the poem The Coming Century that begins with:

If the century gone, as the wise ones attest,
Exceeds all the centuries before it,... full text

Elements of the verse: questions and answers

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  • Rhyme scheme: aaaabcbc dedefgfg ggggahah iaiadada gjgjaaaaXhghgfbfb
  • Stanza lengths (in strings): 8,8,8,8,17,
  • Closest metre: trochaic pentameter
  • –°losest rhyme: rima
  • –°losest stanza type: tercets
  • Guessed form: unknown form
  • Metre: 001001101101 0110100010 101001001001 1100101010 10100111001 1101111 11001001011 1110111011 101111001101 1010010010 101011001011 1011110110 11101011001 110110010 01001011011 110110010 101011001011 111010011 101001000111 010010010 11101001101 110110110 101011001011 1010010010 101011110010 110111010 01111001001 110011010 11011001011 110010011 01001110001 0010110011 101101011001 110010110 11011001001 1110111110 011101101111 111010011 101001001001 010111111 111001011001 110010011 11011001001 111111011 11011001101 110010011 11001011001 101011010
  • Amount of stanzas: 6
  • Average number of symbols per stanza: 338
  • Average number of words per stanza: 65
  • Amount of lines: 48
  • Average number of symbols per line: 41 (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, of, to, then are repeated.

    The poet used anaphora at the beginnings of some neighboring lines. The same word and is repeated.

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

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

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