This is an analysis of the poem How Rarely These Few Years that begins with:

How rarely all these few years, as work keeps us aloof,
Or fares, or one thing or another,...

Elements of the verse: questions and answers

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  • Rhyme scheme: abab cdcd
  • Stanza lengths (in strings): 4,4,
  • Closest metre: trochaic pentameter
  • –°losest rhyme: alternate rhyme
  • –°losest stanza type: tercets
  • Guessed form: unknown form
  • Metre: 1101110111101 111111010 111101101101 111101110 110101010001 011100010 110111010001 010111110
  • Amount of stanzas: 2
  • Average number of symbols per stanza: 173
  • Average number of words per stanza: 36
  • Amount of lines: 8
  • Average number of symbols per line: 42 (strings are more long than medium ones)
  • Average number of words per line: 9
  • Mood of the speaker:

    The punctuation marks are various. Neither mark predominates.

  • The author used lexical repetitions to emphasize a significant image; or is repeated.

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  • history of its creation;
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