This is an analysis of the poem The Dying Year that begins with:

The sunny Summer days have fled,
And passed is Autumn's changeful cheer,... full text

Elements of the verse: questions and answers

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  • Rhyme scheme: abab caca adad aeae fgfg ahah gbgb iaia jeje gaga hdhd dbdb aaaa didi cdcX agag eded kgkg bdbd eheh cbcb bbXX X
  • Stanza lengths (in strings): 4,4,4,4,4,4,4,4,4,4,4,4,4,4,4,4,4,4,4,4,4,4,1,
  • Closest metre: iambic tetrameter
  • –°losest rhyme: alternate rhyme
  • –°losest stanza type: sonnet
  • Guessed form: ballad stanza
  • Metre: 01010111 110101001 11010111 01000101 110111001 011111001 01110101 111001101 111100111 100111001 11010101 01010101 10111111 110010111 11011001 01001101 01010111 01110101 111101001 11011111 11010111 11110101 111000101 110101001 11011101 11010101 1100101011 01000101 11110101 10111111 10010111 011000101 110101001 11110101 01100101 100010101 110101101 11011111 11010111 010010111 11011101 011111001 110101011 11010101 111001001 110000101 010011101 11010101 11010101 11110101 01010101 11010101 11110101 01011111 11010101 01000101 01010101 01110101 11010101 01010100 11111101 11010101 11011101 11110101 11010101 11110111 110101001 11110101 11010101 11111111 1111001001 111100101 111001001 10010101 00111101 11110101 11110011 101111001 1100101001 01010101 11110111 11010101 11010101 11011101 01010101 11011111 1000101010 011101010 01011
  • Amount of stanzas: 23
  • Average number of symbols per stanza: 140
  • Average number of words per stanza: 25
  • Amount of lines: 90
  • Average number of symbols per line: 35 (medium-length strings)
  • 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; have, and, by, that are repeated.

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

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

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  • summary of The Dying Year;
  • central theme;
  • idea of the verse;
  • history of its creation;
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