This is an analysis of the poem Old Dog Tray that begins with:

The morn of life is past,
And ev'ning comes at last; ... full text

Elements of the verse: questions and answers

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  • Rhyme scheme: aabccb dXbeeB ccbccb d aabffB
  • Stanza lengths (in strings): 6,6,6,1,6,
  • Closest metre: iambic trimeter
  • Сlosest rhyme: couplets
  • Сlosest stanza type: tercets
  • Guessed form: unknown form
  • Metre: 010101 110111 01101001101 010111 010101 1001111 10 1111010 1101101 110101 110101 01011111 011111 110111 01101111101 110111 110101 11011111 10 110101 011111 111111110111 111101 110101 01011111
  • Amount of stanzas: 5
  • Average number of symbols per stanza: 147
  • Average number of words per stanza: 28
  • Amount of lines: 25
  • Average number of symbols per line: 29 (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.

  • The author used lexical repetitions to emphasize a significant image; of, have are repeated.

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

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

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