This is an analysis of the poem Advice To An Old Man Of Sixty Three About To Marry A Girle Of Sixteen that begins with:

Now fie upon him! what is Man,
Whose life at best is but a span? ... full text

Elements of the verse: questions and answers

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  • Rhyme scheme: aaaaaaXXbb X ccXXddccee
  • Stanza lengths (in strings): 10,1,10,
  • Closest metre: iambic tetrameter
  • –°losest rhyme: limerick
  • –°losest stanza type: sonnet
  • Guessed form: unknown form
  • Metre: 11011101 11110101 10110101 10011101 11010101 11011101 11110111 11110111 1001010101 1101110111 1 10010111 11111111 11010110 01010100 11010101 11111100 01011101 11011111 0111010101 1111011101
  • Amount of stanzas: 3
  • Average number of symbols per stanza: 249
  • Average number of words per stanza: 46
  • Amount of lines: 21
  • Average number of symbols per line: 36 (medium-length strings)
  • Average number of words per line: 7
  • Mood of the speaker:

    The punctuation marks are various. Neither mark predominates.

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  • summary of Advice To An Old Man Of Sixty Three About To Marry A Girle Of Sixteen;
  • central theme;
  • idea of the verse;
  • history of its creation;
  • critical appreciation.

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