This is an analysis of the poem Sixty To Sixteen that begins with:

If I were young as you, Sixteen,
And you were old as I,... full text

Elements of the verse: questions and answers

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  • Rhyme scheme: ABababAB abababab abababab abXXabaB
  • Stanza lengths (in strings): 8,8,8,8,
  • Closest metre: iambic tetrameter
  • Сlosest rhyme: limerick
  • Сlosest stanza type: tercets
  • Guessed form: unknown form
  • Metre: 01011101 110111 11101110 111011 11110101 010111 01011101 110111 00011101 100111 11110101 111111 11011101 011001 11011101 110111 11111101 011111 10111110 010111 11010101 010101 01010101 010111 11110101 010111 01110111 111110 010010101 011101 11011101 110111
  • Amount of stanzas: 4
  • Average number of symbols per stanza: 252
  • Average number of words per stanza: 49
  • Amount of lines: 32
  • Average number of symbols per line: 31 (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; i, as, you are repeated.

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

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

    The literary device anadiplosis is detected in two or more neighboring lines. The word/phrase i connects the lines.

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  • summary of Sixty To Sixteen;
  • central theme;
  • idea of the verse;
  • history of its creation;
  • critical appreciation.

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