This is an analysis of the poem In The Downhill Of Life that begins with:

In the downhill of life, when I find I'm declining,
May my lot no less fortunate be... full text

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  • Rhyme scheme: ababcdce fgfghehe igigjdje XcXcbdbe
  • Stanza lengths (in strings): 8,8,8,8,
  • Closest metre: trochaic pentameter
  • Сlosest rhyme: alternate rhyme
  • Сlosest stanza type: tercets
  • Guessed form: unknown form
  • Metre: 0011011110010 111111000 1011111011010 1011100011 01100110011001 1110011010 11101111101 110011011 0011111110111 101111101 1011011010011 001101001 01111001111 1011011011 11011001011 1110111011 0011011110010 01101001 1111011011110 101001001 11111011111 0011010110 011111101101 1101010011 111111110110 111110011 1010011110110 1111011001 1110011010001 1011110110 101111101101 1011010011
  • Amount of stanzas: 4
  • Average number of symbols per stanza: 355
  • Average number of words per stanza: 70
  • Amount of lines: 32
  • Average number of symbols per line: 44 (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; for, of, and are repeated.

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

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

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