This is an analysis of the poem Picture Of An Old Man that begins with:

Old man, I saw thee in thy garden chair
Sitting in silence 'mid the shrubs and trees... full text

Elements of the verse: questions and answers

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  • Rhyme scheme: abbaabbacdcdXd
  • Stanza lengths (in strings): 14,
  • Closest metre: iambic pentameter
  • –°losest rhyme: rima
  • –°losest stanza type: sonnet
  • Guessed form: sonnet with iambic pentameter or irregular meter
  • Metre: 1111101101 1001010111 01110111001 1111111101 1001100101 1110110101 1101110011 1111100101 1100011100 1001011101 1111010101 0101101101 1011010110 111101010111
  • Amount of stanzas: 1
  • Average number of symbols per stanza: 635
  • Average number of words per stanza: 117
  • Amount of lines: 14
  • Average number of symbols per line: 44 (strings are more long than medium ones)
  • Average number of words per line: 8
  • Mood of the speaker:

    The punctuation marks are various. Neither mark predominates.

  • The author used lexical repetitions to emphasize a significant image; thy, of, and are repeated.

    The poet used anaphora at the beginnings of some neighboring lines. The same word and is repeated.

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